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<strong>March</strong> 17, <strong>2024</strong> www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XXXIX No. 10<br />

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City unveils new plan for festivals in downtown<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

The Strawberry Festival, Rhythm & Rib Fest, and Old Fashioned<br />

Christmas will continue to take place in downtown London<br />

but with some new regulations, layout requirements, and parade<br />

route stipulations.<br />

The decision to keep the festivals downtown, rather than move<br />

them elsewhere, was based, in part, on the results of a survey the<br />

city administration conducted in late February and early <strong>March</strong>,<br />

asking residents and downtown business owners for feedback.<br />

For years, city officials have heard mixed opinions about the impact<br />

these events, all of which require road closures, have on traffic,<br />

accessibility to businesses, and safety. The city used the survey as<br />

a way to more formally gauge opinions.<br />

The city received 497 survey responses, 405 of which favored<br />

keeping the festivals downtown. These tallies included 21 responses<br />

from downtown business owners, 16 of whom favored keeping the<br />

festivals downtown.<br />

New logistics plan<br />

In addition to conducting the survey, city administrators met<br />

with council members and safety-service department representatives.<br />

They then put together a working plan for downtown festivals<br />

that covers regulations for street closures, vendor and structure<br />

placement, staging areas, event end-time expectations, and a parade<br />

route. The plan, along with the survey results, was shared at<br />

a town hall meeting on <strong>March</strong> 7.<br />

“We understand that these events create a unique energy in our<br />

city, but it is crucial to find the right balance,” said Eve Breedlove,<br />

city administration executive assistant. “That’s why we approached<br />

this plan with a multi-faceted lens, considering safety, accessibility,<br />

and the well-being of downtown businesses, resident needs, and the<br />

experience of visitors who travel specifically<br />

for these events.”<br />

She noted that the plan is a living document,<br />

meaning the city is open to making<br />


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adjustments based on ongoing feedback and<br />

collaboration. The plan is specifically for<br />

downtown festivals that require street closures.<br />

The plan calls for keeping event set-up<br />

for all such festivals to the same area: on<br />

Main Street between First and High streets<br />

and on Second Street between Oak and<br />

Union streets. The stage must sit at the<br />

High Street end of Main Street.<br />

The plan calls for all booths, food trucks,<br />

and other structures to be set up down the<br />

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

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The city of London has a new plan for downtown festivals that requires<br />

them to be contained in the following area: on Main Street<br />

between First and High streets and on Second Street between<br />

Oak and Union streets. All booths, food trucks, and other structures<br />

(shown here in red) must be set up down the middle of Main<br />

and Second streets, 15 feet away from the curb, 10 feet away from<br />

any intersection corner, and with front entry facing toward the<br />

buildings.<br />

middle of Main and Second streets, 15 feet away from the curb, 10<br />

feet away from any intersection corner, and with front entry facing<br />

toward the buildings.<br />

The intersection of Main and Second streets must be clear of any<br />

setup. Barricades at First and Main streets must not impede traffic<br />

flow on those streets. All vehicle traffic is prohibited in the festival<br />

area while the roads are closed, including event organizers and vendors.<br />

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The down-the-middle booth layout and<br />

the curb clearance are safety measures, said<br />

Mayor Pat Closser. In the case of a large<br />

building fire in the festival area, the fire<br />

and EMS department needs to be able to<br />

pull its ladder truck to one side of the street<br />

in order to extend the ladder at the correct<br />

angle to the other side of the street to fight<br />

the fire, he explained.<br />

Keeping booths in the middle of the<br />

street, rather than against the curbs on either<br />

side, keeps those booths out of the way<br />

should a building fall, added city council<br />

member Michael Norman, who has helped<br />

to spearhead the downtown festival discussion<br />

and solution-seeking. Breedlove said<br />

the clearance also ensures accessibility to<br />

ramps and sidewalks for people with mobility<br />

issues.<br />

“It is all pretty much about the safety,”<br />

Norman said about the festival layout<br />

plans.<br />

The plan calls for all elements of a festival<br />

to be cleared out by 11 p.m. on the last<br />

day of the festival to allow a clear path for<br />

the city street sweeper to come through.<br />

Another change the plan proposes is a<br />

new route for any parades associated with<br />

downtown festivals. They will no longer be<br />

permitted to travel through the festival<br />

grounds where the streets are closed. Instead,<br />

the proposed parade route would<br />

start from a designated staging area on<br />

Park Avenue, turn onto Main Street heading<br />

toward East Fourth Street, turn onto<br />

See FESTIVALS page 6

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Six local wrestlers compete at state tournament<br />

By Pat Donahue<br />

Staff Writer and Photographer<br />

Six wrestlers from <strong>Madison</strong> County competed<br />

in the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s<br />

(OHSAA) state wrestling<br />

tournament held <strong>March</strong> 8-10 at the Schottenstein<br />

Center in Columbus. This year was<br />

the 87th year for the boys’ state tourney and<br />

the second year for the girls’ state tourney.<br />

Jonathan Alder junior Anthony Kroninger<br />

made it to the podium, placing fourth<br />

in the Div. II 165-pound weight class. This<br />

marked Kroninger’s second trip to state.<br />

Last year, he was held to one win. This year,<br />

he started with a win, followed by a loss,<br />

then three more wins before falling short in<br />

his final match to junior Kalyon McKinney<br />

of Sandusky Perkins. Kroninger took three<br />

of his four wins by pinning his opponents.<br />

He qualified for state by placing second at<br />

district. He finished the season with a<br />

record of 48-9.<br />

Jonathan Alder senior Ava Ater is a fourtime<br />

state qualifier, having competed her<br />

first two years in the Ohio High School<br />

Wrestling Coaches Association girls’ state<br />

tournament and the past two years in the<br />

OHSAA girls’ state tournament. She placed<br />

fifth at state her sophomore and junior<br />

years. This year, she had a different outcome.<br />

Competing in the girls’ 120-pound<br />

weight class, she won just one match. She<br />

qualified for state by finishing fourth at regionals.<br />

She finished the season with a<br />

record of 33-13 and finished her career with<br />

110 wins. She holds the distinction of being<br />

the first female wrestler at Jonathan Alder<br />

to break the 100-win mark. She also is the second four-time state<br />

qualifier in school history; Alan Clifton was the first.<br />

In his first appearance at state, Jonathan Alder sophomore<br />

Ethan Kuhns won his first match with a pin. It would be his only<br />

victory of the weekend. He qualified for state in the Div. II 144-<br />

Jonathan Alder junior Anthony Kroninger wrestles his way to a 4-<br />

2 win over senior Cohen Bunting of New Concord John Glenn.<br />

Kroninger ended up finishing fourth in the Div. II 165-pound<br />

weight class.<br />

pound weight class by placing third at district. He finished the season<br />

with a 42-12 record.<br />

Jonathan Alder senior Dom Kroninger made his second appearance<br />

at the state tournament. Last year, he finished sixth. This<br />

year, he had a tougher go of it, going winless in the Div. II 285-<br />

pound weight class. He placed fourth at district to qualify for state<br />

and finished the season with a record of 44-12.<br />

Competing in the 105-pound weight class in the girls’ division,<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains freshman Mirage Haverfield started off with a win<br />

in her first trip to state. It would be her only victory in the tournament.<br />

She qualified for state by finishing third at the district level.<br />

She ended the season with a record of 30-13.<br />

London junior Chase Payne competed in the Div. II 215-pound<br />

weight class. He came away from the tournament with two losses<br />

and a final season record of 38-9. He earned his trip to state by placing<br />

third in the district tournament.<br />

Jonathan Alder senior Ava Ater battles her way to a pin over<br />

Chesapeake sophomore Laila Wentz in the girls’ 120-pound<br />

weight class.<br />

Jonathan Alder sophomore Ethan Kuhns pins Alliance sophomore<br />

Johnny Beltz in the Div. II 144-pound weight class.<br />

The ref raises the arm of <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

freshman Mirage Haverfield, signaling her<br />

victory in her first round matchup against<br />

senior Kellie Kennedy of North Olmstead<br />

in the girls’ 105-weight pound class.<br />

London junior Chase Payne competes against Andy Vanscoy, a<br />

senior from Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, in the Div. II 215-pound<br />

weight class. Payne came up short in the matchup.<br />

Jonathan Alder senior Dom Kroninger, competing in the Div. II<br />

285-pound class, peels off the grasp of senior Garrett Dillon-Rine<br />

of New Philadelphia in his first round at the state tournament.

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<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains presents ‘High School Musical’<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

Even with everything else they have going<br />

Disney’s “High School Musical” is about<br />

on, they still give the musical everything<br />

two people finding love and finding their<br />

they’ve got,” she said.<br />

best friends in the craziness that high<br />

Manns hopes this fresh and engaged interest<br />

will help <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains’ theater pro-<br />

school brings to life. It’s this storyline and<br />

the lessons that come with it that made<br />

gram to grow in years to come. She also<br />

Katie Manns, <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains High School<br />

hopes to continue forging bonds with other<br />

musical director, choose the show for the<br />

area theater programs to further spread the<br />

school’s spring stage production. Performance<br />

dates are <strong>March</strong> 22-24.<br />

joy and support for the performing arts.<br />

“We have made amazing contacts with<br />

“The show’s bigger meaning is about<br />

the theater departments at other schools.<br />

fighting for what is right, even if you are<br />

We find out what they are doing and go see<br />

alone or going against the status quo, and it<br />

their shows when we can,” Manns explained.<br />

“The students get to make life-long<br />

shows the importance of accepting people<br />

for who they are. I think a lot of people will<br />

friends in the arts community that way.”<br />

be able to relate to it,” Manns said.<br />

Manns said she is appreciative of the<br />

With a cast of 20, “High School Musical”<br />

support she has received from the community<br />

in preparing for this year’s production,<br />

is the biggest show <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains has ever<br />

done, Manns said, noting that well over half<br />

from individuals who helped to build the set<br />

of the student performers are new to the<br />

to the musicians playing in the live band.<br />

stage. For the first time, middle-schoolers<br />

She also gave shout-outs to: Pamela Price,<br />

are part of the production, too.<br />

assistant director; Carol Tewalt, pianist;<br />

“It’s kind of cool because they are coming<br />

senior Emily LeGault, student director; and<br />

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

in with fresh eyes,” Manns said about the<br />

senior Bobby Wood, technical director.<br />

newcomers. “They didn’t know what to expect,<br />

so I have had the pleasure of watching<br />

On a special note, Manns is dedicating Among the cast members in <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains’ upcoming production of “High School Musical”<br />

are: (front row, from left) David Neely, Jayden Ruedy, Addi Phillips (in the white<br />

this year’s musical to Joanie Boyle, a mentor,<br />

teacher, coach, and friend who taught dress), Laura Furbee, Alysa Geyer; (back row) Matthew Neely, Leland Snyder, Svetlana<br />

them fall in love with theater.”<br />

She noted that every member of this<br />

at <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains and lost her battle to cancer<br />

last year.<br />

Daniels, Kylie Hartless, Briseis Reategui, Sarah Scheiderer, and Brianna Thompson.<br />

year’s cast is involved in at least one other<br />

extracurricular activity in addition to the<br />

“Joanie always supported the arts, along<br />

of “High School Musical’ are 7 p.m. on Tickets” and search for <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

musical.<br />

with many other student activities, and her<br />

<strong>March</strong> 22-23 and 2:30 p.m. on <strong>March</strong> 24. High School) or at the door. Manns encourages<br />

anyone who plans to attend to pur-<br />

“Sports, 4-H, dance, Quick Recall, bowl-<br />

legacy will continue to live on,” Manns said.<br />

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at<br />

Show times <strong>Madison</strong>’ Plains production<br />

www.hometownticketing.com (click on “Buy chase tickets online and early.<br />

Mt. Sterling continues prep for new water tower<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

Preparations continue to move forward<br />

for replacement of Mount Sterling’s water<br />

tower. On <strong>March</strong> 11, village council gave<br />

Mayor Andy Drake the green light to put<br />

the village’s name in the hopper for an EPA<br />

loan should the project cost come in higher<br />

than the funds the village already has set<br />

aside.<br />

“We’ve made no secret of the fact this<br />

project is going to take a long time, and from<br />

beginning to end, probably the cost is going<br />

to change. We need to be able to cover any<br />

difference. (An EPA loan) may not be ultimately<br />

used, but we should have it available<br />

if we have to have it,” Drake said.<br />

The cost estimate for the project, made<br />

in the spring of 2022, is $1.37 million. The<br />

village has set aside<br />

$1.62 million for the<br />

project in the form<br />

of state and federal<br />

grants. The village<br />

hopes to cover the<br />

cost entirely with<br />

no-cost grants but<br />

wants backup options<br />

in place. An<br />

EPA loan is one possible<br />

option for covering<br />

any additional<br />

costs. The application for consideration for<br />

an EPA loan is due this month. After that,<br />

the next opportunity to apply is next year.<br />

Approval is not guaranteed.<br />

The estimated start date for construction<br />

of the water tower is this September. Completion<br />

is estimated for late next year.<br />

Council business<br />

During the business portion of the <strong>March</strong><br />

11 meeting, council approved the following:<br />

• expansion of the tree and beautification<br />

committee to eight members and appointment<br />

of Kathi Carson to the<br />

committee;<br />

• the village’s membership with the Mid<br />

Ohio Regional Planning Commission; and<br />

• an agreement with IGS for technical<br />

services to reduce utility costs in village facilities.<br />

Additional reports<br />

While all of the village’s fire hydrants are<br />

functional, some are leaking. Crews are<br />

going to repair or rebuild 17 hydrants.<br />

The village is hosting three movie nights<br />

at Mason Park this summer. The first one<br />

is set for the last Saturday in June. The<br />

parks and recreation committee will choose<br />

the movies at their next meeting set for 6<br />

p.m. April 22 at town hall.<br />

This year’s community clean-up days are<br />

May 3-5. The village is once again collaborating<br />

with Mount Sterling Nazarene. The<br />

event offers opportunities for residents to<br />

get help with clean-up projects and for volunteers<br />

to do the work.<br />

The tree and beautification committee is<br />

hosting two Arbor Day events. The first is<br />

slated for 10 a.m. April 19 at Mason Park.<br />

Third-graders from <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Local<br />

Schools will help to mulch newly planted<br />

trees and learn about the importance of<br />

trees. The public is invited to attend. The<br />

second event is set for 10 a.m. to noon on the<br />

town hall lawn. The committee will give<br />

away tree saplings and shrubs. The public<br />

will have 10 varieties from which to choose.<br />

There is a limit of five items per person.

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obituaries<br />

Archaeology Society<br />

The Darby Creek chapter of the Archaeological Society<br />

of Ohio will meet <strong>March</strong> 20 at the <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Historical Society Museum, 260 E. High St., London.<br />

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.<br />

Members and guests enjoy discussions about artifacts<br />

of North America’s early Native Americans and metal<br />

detecting finds related to Ohio pioneers. The public is<br />

welcome and encouraged to bring artifacts (arrowheads,<br />

stone or bone tools, and metal detecting finds) to show.<br />

Easter Basket Outreach<br />

H.E.L.P. House, 122 E. Center St., London, will hold<br />

their annual Little Lambs Easter Basket Outreach from<br />

9 to 11 a.m. <strong>March</strong> 23. This event provides customers<br />

an opportunity to select items for their childrens’ Easter<br />

baskets.<br />

H.E.L.P. House is accepting donations of items such<br />

as individually wrapped candies (chocolate and nonchocolate<br />

varieties), Peeps and other marshmallow candies,<br />

individual packages of jelly beans, special chocolates<br />

such as chocolate bunnies and crosses, small toys, and<br />

monetary donations. Drop-off times are: Monday, 8 a.m.-<br />

6 p.m.; Tuesday, 8 a.m.-noon; and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-<br />

noon. The deadline for donations is <strong>March</strong> 20.<br />

For anyone interested in signing up for the event,<br />

pre-registration is open until <strong>March</strong> 20. This event is<br />

only for customers with children ages infant to 18 years<br />

old. Customers who are not pre-registered must arrive<br />

at 11 a.m. on <strong>March</strong> 23. For details, call (740) 852-1980.<br />

Bunny Hop Shop Hop<br />

London Ohio’s 1811 Downtown District is hosting a<br />

Bunny Hop Shop Hop on <strong>March</strong> 21 from 5 to 8 p.m.<br />

along Main Street. Food trucks, raffles, and a visit from<br />

the Easter Bunny are Planned.<br />

Dodgeball Tournament<br />

The Mount Sterling Community Center, 164 E. Main<br />

St., is hosting a dodgeball tournament at 2 p.m. April<br />

13. The cost to enter is $100 per team (six-man teams<br />

with up to seven members present). Each team member<br />

receives a t-shirt. Divisions include elementary, middle<br />

school, high school, Special Olympics, and adult. For details<br />

or to register, call (740) 869-2453.<br />

Easter Egg Hunts<br />

• The London Kiwanis Easter egg hunt will take<br />

place at 10 a.m. sharp <strong>March</strong> 23 at Cowling Park in<br />

London. It is open to children ages 12 and younger and<br />

will take place rain or shine. Basketballs and footballs<br />

will be up for grabs, thanks to the Mount Sterling Community<br />

Center.<br />

• The Egg-Streme Community Easter Jam & Egg<br />

Hunt will take place at 10:30 a.m. <strong>March</strong> 23 at the<br />

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

Egg hunt age categories are: 1-3 years old, 4-5 years old,<br />

6-7 years old, 8-10 years old, and 11-18 years old. Register<br />

for the egg hunt by visiting msnazarene.org/easter.<br />

Coffee, juice, and doughnuts will be served. Photos with<br />

the Easter Bunny and prizes are planned.<br />

• The village of West Jefferson is hosting an Easter<br />

egg hunt and other festivities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 30 at Converse Park, 799 Converse Ave. The egg<br />

hunt starts at 11 a.m. Age categories are: 0-5 years old,<br />

6-9 years old, and 10 and older. A total of 12,000 eggs<br />

filled with candy or prizes will be hidden. Anyone who<br />

would like to help hide the eggs is asked to show up at<br />

the park at 8 a.m. that day. Also planned are free food,<br />

inflatables, and pictures with the Easter bunny.<br />

• Plain City’s Easter egg hunt is set for 12 p.m.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 23 at Pastime Park. The Easter bunny will be on<br />

site for photo ops. The rain date is <strong>March</strong> 30.<br />

• The Forgotten Ones Motorcycle Club and its London<br />

chapter, the Founding Fathers, are hosting an<br />

Easter egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. <strong>March</strong> 30 at the Merri-<br />

Mac Park ball fields, 250 Toland St., London. Age<br />

groups are: 0-4 years old, 5-9 years old, and 10 and<br />

older. Participants will hunt for plastic eggs filled with<br />

candy. Prizes include bicycles and Easter baskets filled<br />

with goodies. Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be served.<br />

The Easter Bunny will be on site. Parents and children<br />

are invited to check out the motorcycles on display and<br />

talk to the owners. The festivities will go on until 2 p.m.<br />

• The Starr Signature Memorial egg hunt will take<br />

place at 11 a.m. <strong>March</strong> 30 at Mason Park in Mount Sterling.<br />

Developmental Disabilities Board<br />

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

will meet at 4 p.m. <strong>March</strong> 21 at the administrative<br />

office, 500 Elm St., London. Should the meeting<br />

need to be canceled and rescheduled, it will take place<br />

the following Thursday.<br />

Recycled Art Show<br />

“Everything Old is New Again” is the title of the 9th<br />

Annual Community Art Show to be held April 4-May 19<br />

at the London Arts Center, 121 E. First St.<br />

The London Visual Arts Guild invites the public to<br />

submit entries for this show. The guild is accepting<br />

drawings, paintings, photographs, mixed media, and<br />

hand-crafted submissions. Entries should incorporate<br />

recycled materials. Prizes will be awarded in youth<br />

(ages 6-16) and adult categories.<br />

Applications are available at London Public Library,<br />

Yesterday’s Ewes, Relevant Co., The Paper Boutique,<br />

and the London Arts Center. Entries can be dropped off<br />

at the center between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. <strong>March</strong> 23 and<br />

<strong>March</strong> 27. Winners will be announced at an opening reception<br />

set for 2-4 p.m. April 6 at the arts center.<br />

For more information about the contest, visit londonvisualartsguild.org<br />

or call Sandy Fox at (937) 207-7400.<br />

Jeffersonian Senior Center<br />

The Jeffersonian Senior Citizen Center, 174 E. Main<br />

St., West Jefferson, usually meets from noon to 2 p.m.<br />

the first and third Tuesdays of each month for potlucks<br />

and events. This month is an exception; the center will<br />

meet on <strong>March</strong> 26 only for a meeting white elephant<br />

bingo. The center will return to its usual schedule next<br />

month. Anyone 50 and older is welcome to stop in to learn<br />

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

Alzheimer’s Family Support<br />

The Alzheimer’s Family Support Group meets at 6<br />

p.m. the first Thursday of each month at St. John’s<br />

Lutheran Church, 380 Keny Blvd., London. For more<br />

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

is welcome.<br />

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

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

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

852-3001.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 18—8:30 a.m., indoor walking and exercise<br />

class; 9 a.m., chair volleyball; 9:30 a.m., crocheting,<br />

knitting and needle crafts; 10:30 a.m., sitting exercise and strengthening;<br />

1 p.m., euchre<br />

<strong>March</strong> 19—9 a.m., quilting class, 10 a.m., bowling; 4-7 p.m., billiards,<br />

hand and foot cards, workout room open<br />

<strong>March</strong> 20—8:30 a.m., indoor walking and exercise class; 9 a.m.,<br />

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

<strong>March</strong> 21—9 a.m., chair volleyball<br />

<strong>March</strong> 22—8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise class; 9 a.m., painting<br />

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East Fourth Street heading toward North<br />

Walnut Street, turn onto North Walnut<br />

Street heading toward Park Avenue, and<br />

end on Park Avenue where it started.<br />

Questions and comments from council<br />

After hearing the plan, council member<br />

Greg Eades noted the proposed festival<br />

grounds no longer extend past First Street<br />

to the railroad tracks, making the festival<br />

area smaller. He asked if everything would<br />

still fit. Breedlove said she believed the area<br />

would still accommodate the festivals’<br />

needs, allowing for up to 62 10x10 vendor<br />

tents.<br />

Norman asked if street closures for the<br />

festivals have been conducted properly in<br />

the past. Closser said there have been con-<br />

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contacting the Ohio Department of Transportation<br />

(ODOT) which must be notified<br />

when state routes are involved.<br />

“We need to meet with organizers earlier<br />

to make sure all these steps are being taken,<br />

so we have correct closures, especially for<br />

ODOT. It’s another piece to the whole plan,”<br />

Closser said.<br />

Council President Joshua Peters asked if<br />

the plan applied to other events, not just the<br />

Strawberry Festival, Rhythm & Rib Fest,<br />

and Old Fashioned Christmas. Norman said<br />

the plan is the set-up for any downtown<br />

event that requires road closures.<br />

“We’re setting these up exactly the same<br />

every time. The (emergency) response time<br />

is going to be quicker. (First responders) are<br />

not going to be guessing where everything<br />

is,” Norman said.<br />

Council member Brent McDaniels<br />

stated, “I like keeping (the festivals) downtown<br />

and making it more safe, even if we<br />

have to change the parade route and it<br />

makes it more compliant and more courteous<br />

to the business owners.”<br />

Questions/comments from the public<br />

Kevin and Holly Stockham, organizers of<br />

the London Strawberry Festival, were<br />

among the people who attended the town<br />

hall meeting. One of their concerns is the<br />

new proposed parade route.<br />

“Of the three main events (that take<br />

place downtown), we’re the only ones that<br />

have a parade. I’m not sure why anybody<br />

would want to be in the parade if it doesn’t<br />

FUNK<br />

Vicki Lynn (Ackley) Funk, 67, of Mount Sterling, Ohio, died on<br />

<strong>March</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong>, in The Ohio State East Hospital, Columbus. Born<br />

on Aug. 2, 1956, in Columbus, she was a daughter of William “Bill”<br />

Ackley and Estella Marie (Engle) Ackley.<br />

Professionally, Vicki had worked for several restaurants in London.<br />

She loved knitting and crocheting and<br />

would always make various pieces for<br />

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friends, family, and caregivers. Vicki was a<br />

huge football fan, especially supporting the<br />

OSU Buckeyes and Dallas Cowboys. She<br />

also cherished any classic black and white<br />

movie that she could find!<br />

Vicki leaves behind: two children,<br />

Joshua Landis (fiancée Savannah Poling)<br />

and Tiffany Landis; stepson, Rudy Funk Jr.;<br />

grandchildren, Emmaline Maynard, Paislee<br />

Maynard, Delilah Maynard; step-grandchildren,<br />

Annabelle Landis, Waylon Adams,<br />

Autumn Adams, Payton Poling; sister, Lana<br />

Ackley; and nephews, Jeremiah (Lacey)<br />

Webb, William Webb, and Donnie Webb.<br />

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

first husband, Ronald Scott Landis;<br />

second husband, Rudy Funk; and grandson,<br />

Jessy Maynard Jr.<br />

Visitation was set for 1-4 p.m. <strong>March</strong> 16<br />

in Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory,<br />

London. Memorials in Vicki’s name<br />

may be sent to the funeral home for the<br />

benevolence of the family. Memorials also<br />

may be submitted online through the “Donations”<br />

tab at the top of the obituary page<br />

go through the festival. It doesn’t make<br />

sense to me,” Kevin said.<br />

Holly added, “Every event in Ohio that I<br />

know of runs their parade right down the<br />

middle of their festival. So, you’re saying the<br />

city of London is better than every other city<br />

in the state of Ohio and surrounding states<br />

at safety because now we’re going to run it<br />

around?”<br />

Closser responded, “We’re not saying<br />

that London is better than anybody or that<br />

London is safer than anybody. What we’re<br />

saying is we listened to our police chief, we<br />

listened to our fire and EMS chief, and this<br />

is what they’re telling us.”<br />

Holly also said the new parade route<br />

presents a problem for the approximately<br />

150 queens from other festivals who take<br />

part in the Strawberry Festival parade and,<br />

afterwards, introduce themselves and promote<br />

their festivals on stage. They would<br />

have to get from the Park Avenue parade<br />

end-point back to the stage, instead of the<br />

more direct plan the festival has used in the<br />

past, she said.<br />

Norman agreed that the situation for the<br />

visiting royalty needs some thought. He and<br />

Closser stated that the city wants to work<br />

with festival organizers to find solutions<br />

where possible.<br />

Faye Ross, owner of Sammi Faye’s in<br />

downtown London, encourages all parties<br />

involved to work together to find solutions<br />

to any concerns because she sees the festivals<br />

as a way to bring people to the downtown<br />

area and shine a spotlight on the<br />

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businesses there.<br />

“We are in such a crucial point of growth<br />

right now (in downtown London), that any<br />

festival is free marketing. It is free exposure.<br />

It is people coming downtown and saying,<br />

‘Oh, wow, this is here now?’ We need to<br />

keep that momentum going or that will not<br />

continue in downtown London,” she said,<br />

adding that sales for her business increase<br />

significantly during festivals.<br />

Several other people who attended the<br />

town hall meeting spoke up with comments,<br />

questions, and concerns.<br />

One person commented about the parade<br />

route being shorter and, therefore, allowing<br />

for less room for spectators. One attendee<br />

stated there’s a need for better barriers for<br />

the street closures, that people have moved<br />

them in the past to get around them with<br />

their vehicles. Another attendee asked<br />

about vendor set-up times. A question was<br />

brought up about the Cobra car show that<br />

takes place during the London Strawberry<br />

Festival and closes off part of Main Street<br />

north of High Street.<br />

Closser said the city is working on securing<br />

better road barriers, will look into vendor<br />

set-up times, and will work with the<br />

Cobra show to make things work.<br />

At the conclusion of the town hall meeting,<br />

Closser said the city appreciates all of<br />

the questions, comments, concerns, and<br />

ideas and is already addressing some of<br />

them and taking the others into consideration.<br />

He welcomes additional input as the<br />

city continues to work on its festival plan.<br />

on the funeral home’s website. Condolences for the family may be<br />

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

ZWOLL<br />

Edna M. Zwoll, 92, of Cambridge, formerly of Westerville, died<br />

peacefully in the arms of her daughter, <strong>March</strong> 5, <strong>2024</strong>, at home.<br />

Born on Oct. 6, 1931, in New Philadelphia, Ohio, she was a daughter<br />

of Kyle Jarvis and Alice (Wharton) Jarvis.<br />

Edna had worked as an accountant for the State of Ohio for 51<br />

years before retiring in 2005. She was a member of Leave A Mark<br />

Church in Columbus where she accepted Christ as her Savior. Edna<br />

also belonged to the Westerville Senior Center before relocating to<br />

Cambridge. She always enjoyed looking out in the yard and watching<br />

whatever birds she could find. Additionally, Edna enjoyed gardens<br />

and flowers. The more color the better!<br />

She is survived by: four children, Debra (John) Eastman, Sonia<br />

(Terry) Chadwick, Wanda Ratcliffe, and Gilbert (Diane) Zwoll Jr.;<br />

grandchildren, Jennifer Hunt, Jeremy Hunt, Elijah Vaughn (Katelyn)<br />

Oren, and Jordyn Eastman; great-grandchildren, Avery, Bella,<br />

Elissa, Kinsey, Lydia, Austin; and several nieces and nephews, including<br />

Lori Jarvis, Cassandra Jarvis, Mark Jarvis, Kyle Jarvis III,<br />

Keith Jarvis, and Jason Hunt.<br />

Edna was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Gilbert<br />

Zwoll Sr.; sister, Roberta Hunt; and brothers, Russell Jarvis, Robert<br />

Jarvis, Richard Jarvis, and Kyle Jarvis Jr.<br />

Visitation and a funeral service were held on <strong>March</strong> 10 at Eberle-<br />

Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory, London, with Pastor Gaye<br />

Gossard officiating.<br />

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

the benevolence of the family. Memorials also may be submitted online<br />

through the “Donations” tab at the top of the obituary page on<br />

the funeral home’s website. Condolences for the family may be<br />

shared at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.

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Celebrate the Easter holiday at these area houses of worship:<br />


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

614-879-5423 • Pastor Bill Steinbrecher<br />

Palm Sunday..................Cantana..............................10:30 am<br />



8530 Lilly Chapel-Georgesville, OH<br />

614-879-8007 • Pastor Jon Osmundson<br />



686 West Jefferson-Kiousville Rd. SE<br />

West Jefferson, OH 43162<br />



2600 U.S. Rt. 40, London, OH<br />

740-852-4131<br />

Pastor Jordan Smith<br />

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

FM 93.9 raido transmission in parking lot<br />

Christ is Risen!<br />

Good Friday Service............................................7:30 pm<br />

Easter Sunrise Service w/Breakfast to follow.......7:00 am<br />

Easter Service.....................................................10:00 am<br />

614-879-7213 • Pastor Darrel Schick<br />

fbcwj.com<br />

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

Sunrise Service.....................................................7:30 am<br />

Followed by Breakfast<br />

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




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

740-852-3044<br />

Rev. Melvyn D. Huguely<br />

Sandie Cunningham, Assoc. Pastor<br />

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

Sunday Sunrise Service..........................................6:30 am<br />


330 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 />


CHURCH<br />

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

Father George Glazier<br />

Good Friday..........................................................6:30 pm<br />

Easter Service.......................................................10:00 am<br />


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

740-852-3978<br />

Pastor William A. Benner<br />

Easter Sunrise Service...........................................6:30 am<br />

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


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

740-852-0105<br />

Rev. Thomas Gardner<br />

Breakfast...........................................................9:15-10:00 am<br />

Easter Egg Hunt..............................................10:00-10:20 am<br />

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



5543 Big Plain-Circleville Rd., London, OH<br />

740-604-0432<br />

Pastor Gaye Gossard<br />

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

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


CHURCH<br />

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

740-852-0942<br />

Fr. Anthony A. Dinovo, Jr.<br />

Reconciliation is available Monday of Holy Week,<br />

4pm-5:30pm & 7pm-8pm<br />

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7pm with incense<br />

Good Friday: Passion Liturgy at 3pm<br />

Stations of the Cross, 7pm<br />

Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil Liturgy at 9pm with incense<br />

Easter Sunday Masses: 7:30am & 10:30am<br />



CHURCH<br />

130 Plain City-Georgesville Rd.<br />

West Jefferson, OH<br />

Rev. Jerry Newman<br />

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

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

Wednesday Prayers & Bible Study.......................7:00 pm<br />



6101 US Route 40<br />

West Jefferson, OH 43162<br />

614-879-8130<br />

Sunday Services..................................................10:15 am<br />



UNION<br />

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

740-852-0471 • Rev. Lee Stanley<br />

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


(SBC)<br />

1440 St. Rt. 665 SE, London, OH<br />

740-852-2521<br />

Sunrise Service.....................................................7:00 am<br />

Follow by Followship Breakfast<br />

Bible Study...........................................................9:30 am<br />

Easter Message....................................................10:29 am<br />

The Sunday that Changed Everything<br />



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

740-869-3127<br />

Pastor Phil Starr<br />

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

Good Friday Service...............................................7:00 pm<br />

* Live streaming service on Facebook...................10:30 am<br />

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

Maundy Thursday - 6am-4pm<br />

Self Serve Communion<br />

Good Friday Service............................................7:00 pm<br />

Easter Sunrise Service..........................................7:00 am<br />

Easter Sunday Breakfast......................................8:00 am<br />

Easter Worship Celebration..............................10:00 am<br />



211 Garfield Ave., London, OH<br />

740-852-1215<br />

Rev. Désirée M. Youngblood<br />

Maundy Thursday Service..........................................4:30 pm<br />

Good Friday Service...................................................7:30 pm<br />

Easter Sunday Service...............................................10:00 am<br />



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

740-852-7800<br />

Pastor Thad Gifford<br />

Sunday, <strong>March</strong> 31st, Coffee & Donuts.....10:15-10:40 am<br />

Easter Service......................................................10:45 am<br />



CHURCH<br />

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

740-815-4312<br />

Richard Owen, Pastor<br />

Sunday Worship....................................................9:30 am

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Rotary’s Joe Yoder Award goes to Mike Vallery<br />

Every year, the London Rotary Club presents<br />

the Joe Yoder Agricultural Award to<br />

someone who has made a significant contribution<br />

to agriculture in <strong>Madison</strong> County. This<br />

year’s award went to Mike Vallery whose roots<br />

in agriculture run deep.<br />

The presentation took place on <strong>March</strong> 7 at<br />

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

club’s annual Rural Urban Day Breakfast, an<br />

event recognizing the partnership between<br />

agriculture and business.<br />

Vallery was touched to be named as this<br />

year’s honoree.<br />

“I have watched this award be presented to<br />

farmers several times over the years and never<br />

really saw myself in this position. I am thankful<br />

to be included in a great bunch of individuals,”<br />

he said<br />

Vallery said he knew from a young age<br />

what he wanted to do in life.<br />

“Growing up in the southern part of the<br />

county, all I ever wanted to do was farm. I told<br />

my third-grade teacher that I could quit school<br />

now because I knew everything I needed to<br />

know to be a farmer. Of course, she reminded<br />

me of that right up to the day I graduated high<br />

school,” he said.<br />

Vallery is a graduate of <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

High School where he was active in vocational<br />

agriculture and FFA. He started swine and<br />

crop projects his freshman year in high school<br />

and later graduated from Clark Tech with an<br />

associate’s degree in agriculture. While in college,<br />

he also sold feed. After college, he and his<br />

father continued farming and picked up a seed<br />

dealership with <strong>Madison</strong> Seed Co.<br />

Vallery married Laura Ferguson in 1993.<br />

Together, they have three sons—John, Jacob,<br />

and Jarrett—who farm with them. In 2001,<br />

Vallery started running his uncle’s insurance<br />

agency, helping to protect farmers’ property<br />

and crops.<br />

“With the help of his family, Mike has also<br />

installed several acres of conservation reserve<br />

program waterways on their farms in <strong>Madison</strong><br />

and Greene counties,” said Rotary member<br />

Matt Doherty during the award presentation.<br />

Vallery served on the <strong>Madison</strong> Soil & Water<br />

Conservation District board from 2013 to 2015<br />

and currently serves on the Ohio Corn and<br />

Wheat Growers Association board.<br />

He is a lifelong member of the Farm Bureau.<br />

He became active in the 1990s, helping<br />

to boost membership. He served as the organization’s<br />

president from 2007 to 2010 and currently<br />

serves as membership chairman.<br />

In addition to farming, Vallery is a member<br />

of the Masonic Lodge in Sedalia and is a lifelong<br />

member of Midway Presbyterian Church<br />

where he has served as treasurer since 2000.<br />

In accepting the award, Vallery thanked his<br />

wife, sons, parents, and the people who help<br />

him to run his business for their support.<br />

The Joe Yoder Agricultural Award is named<br />

after the late Joe Yoder who was a lifelong<br />

farmer and a county commissioner for many<br />

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London Rotary Club member Matt Doherty (left) and club President Kris Blind<br />

(right) congratulate Mike Vallery (second from left) on being named the recipient<br />

of this year’s Joe Yoder Agricultural Award. Mike is accompanied by<br />

his wife, Laura.<br />

years. Yoder was a strong advocate for<br />

the well-being of farmers and often<br />

spoke up on their behalf. Yoder also<br />

was a London Rotary Club member<br />

and believed in the club’s ideal of “service<br />

above self.” The award was established<br />

in 2008.<br />

Previous award winners include:<br />

2008—Randy Miller<br />

2009—Phil Eades<br />

2010—Bob Sommers<br />

2011—Mike Adkins<br />

2012—Autie Howard<br />

2013—Pete Yoder<br />

2014—Robert Higgins<br />

2015—Roger and Jane Snyder<br />

2016—Johnny and Virginia Davison<br />

2017—Mike and Pam Boerger<br />

2018—Bill Young<br />

2019—Dennis Wilt<br />

2022—Dana Snyder<br />

2023—David Peart<br />

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Extension Office shares on-farm research results<br />

By Amanda Douridas<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Ag and Natural Resources Extension Educator<br />

One of the parts I love most about my job is working<br />

with farmers to answer questions they have about their<br />

farms. On-farm research enables us to define whether<br />

a product or practice enhanced yield or provided an economic<br />

advantage for the farm. Last year was a busy<br />

year with a variety of trials across the county.<br />

Each of the trials summarized below is also available<br />

in greater detail in the 2023 eFields Report. Pages are<br />

noted in parentheses next to the project title. eFields is<br />

available online at go.osu.edu/eFields or in the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Extension Office at 217 Elm St., London.<br />

Beauveria Bassiana (pp. 48-49)<br />

Objective: Determine if seed treated with Beauveria<br />

Bassiana reduces ear mold in corn.<br />

Design: This project used a split planter layout. Half<br />

of the planter was loaded with treated seed and half was<br />

untreated. The treatments were replicated four times<br />

but were not randomized. We utilized the seed treatment<br />

product SPE 120 from JABB of the Carolinas.<br />

Observations: There was minimal insect and weed<br />

pressure in this field. Timely rains resulted in high<br />

yields. The corn was scouted for leaf disease at R5 and<br />

no difference between treated or untreated was seen.<br />

Results: The vomitoxin DON was present at harvest<br />

and ranges from 8.2 to 15.7 ppm. There was no statistical<br />

difference between treated and check in DON<br />

grain levels. ZEA was also present but has no FDA action<br />

level associated with it. Literature does indicate<br />

levels at 0.5 ppm can cause reproductive issues in gilts<br />

(female swine not yet bred). The Bb treated plots were<br />

statistically significant at keeping the ZEA levels<br />

below 0.5 ppm. Yield was statistically different with<br />

the untreated yielding higher than treated with 2<br />

bu/ac difference.<br />

Plantskydd Deer Deterrent (pp. 132-133)<br />

Objective: Determine if Plantskydd deters deer from<br />

feeding on double crop soybeans.<br />

Design: This study used a randomized complete<br />

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each were laid out randomly. Treatment width was<br />

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with 64 ounces of AMS per acre. Two applications were<br />

made on 8/11 (V3) and 8/28 (R1). Three exclusion cages<br />

were setup across each treatment to gauge deer feeding.<br />

Plantskydd is a wettable powder product designed<br />

to stimulate a fear-based response in animals to deter<br />

them from feeding on plants. It is made of dried<br />

porcine or bovine blood.<br />

Observations: The product is difficult to dissolve in<br />

water. We utilized an empty bulk tank rigged with an<br />

agitator to mix the product before feeding into the<br />

sprayer. The yields increased across the field as the<br />

treatments got further away from deer habitat. Deer<br />

feeding began as soon as soybeans emerged and before<br />

there was enough plant material to warrant an application.<br />

Height differences were seen between the soybeans<br />

inside the exclusion cages and those outside.<br />

Results: Plantskydd applications did not result in a<br />

significant yield difference. From the observations, a<br />

conclusion can be drawn that deer feeding decreased<br />

soybean yield and Plantskydd was not able to deter<br />

deer enough to prevent yield loss.<br />

Soil Moisture at Planting<br />

This study was funded by the SARE North Central<br />

Region Farmer Partnership Grant.<br />

Objective: Quantify the differences in soil moisture<br />

and temperature between fields under conventional<br />

tillage, no-till, and cover crop management using soil<br />

sensors. METER TEROS 11 sensors with ZL6 data<br />

loggers were used to monitor soil moisture and temperature<br />

recording once every hour.<br />

Study Design: Sensors were placed in neighboring<br />

fields under conventional tillage (tilled), no-till (NT),<br />

no-till with a cover crop (NT-CC) killed prior to seeding,<br />

and NT-CC killed after seeding.<br />

There were three paired sites with each treatment:<br />

one in Champaign County, one in Fayette County, and<br />

one in <strong>Madison</strong> County. Sensors were placed in the<br />

same soil types in different fields with two sensors per<br />

treatment.<br />

Observations: We were unable to secure enough<br />

data points to compare the cover crop being killed prior<br />

to or after planting so NT-CC is all one treatment. This<br />

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One of the OSU Extension’s on-farm research projects studied<br />

whether a certain product helped to deter deer from feeding<br />

on soybean crops. Exclusion cages enabled a visual guide to<br />

how much deer feeding occurred during the growing season.<br />

report summarizes data from 2022 and 2023.<br />

Results: When comparing NT-CC to tilled and NT, no difference<br />

was seen in temperature through planting. After planting,<br />

tilled ground ran two to four degrees higher from mid-April to<br />

June until the crop canopied. The tilled ground was about one<br />

degree higher than NT-CC and NT through the rest of the season.<br />

Soil moisture at three inches varied between the three treatments,<br />

with NT peaking as the wettest in <strong>March</strong> and NT-CC<br />

surpassing it in May. Tilled and NT-CC ran very closely together<br />

from January to <strong>March</strong>, and then in April NT-CC started to have<br />

a higher moisture content. On average, during the summer<br />

months, NT-CC and NT retained more moisture than tilled, but<br />

there were some deviations, possibly due to weather differences<br />

across the sites. More detailed graphs by location can be viewed<br />

at: go.osu.edu/saresoiltemp.<br />

I would like to thank the farmers who collaborated with me<br />

in 2023 and am looking forward to learning more in <strong>2024</strong>. If you<br />

are interested in conducting on-farm research this season, please<br />

email me at Douridas.9@osu.edu.<br />

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New Ag Careers Exploration Day set for July 24<br />

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The <strong>Madison</strong> County OSU Extension Office wants to give youths<br />

a leg up when it comes to exploring options for agriculture-related<br />

careers.<br />

To that end, they are hosting an Agriculture Careers Exploration<br />

Day on July 24 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London,<br />

home to the Farm Science Review. The event is free and open to<br />

teens ages 14 to 19, regardless of where they are from.<br />

The day will include breakout sessions covering career options<br />

in environmental science, agriculture engineering, crop science, and<br />

animal science. Hands-on demonstrations and other learning opportunities<br />

are part of the agenda.<br />

The day also will include a career and college fair where participants<br />

can talk one-on-one with industry leaders and representatives<br />

from universities and technical schools.<br />

cialize in. We both ended up in different places than<br />

“They will get to see options for what they can do what we anticipated,” Dillion said.<br />

right out of high school, with a technical or associate’s “So, we decided to create an event to give kids a look<br />

degree, with a bachelor’s degree, and with a master’s at possible careers earlier in their decision-making<br />

degree or higher,” said Laura Dillion, <strong>Madison</strong> County process. A lot of kids think they can only be a veterinarian<br />

or need to have 5,000 acres to farm. We want to<br />

Extension educator/4-H youth development.<br />

Dillion and Amanda Douridas, <strong>Madison</strong> County Extension<br />

agriculture and natural resources educator, are culture.”<br />

show them that there are lots of other options in agri-<br />

responsible for creating the Ag Careers Exploration Registration for the Ag Careers Exploration Day<br />

Day, a new event.<br />

likely will open in early May. Call the <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

“We both have agriculture degrees, but when we OSU Extension Office at (740) 852-0975 for more information.<br />

went to college, we weren’t sure what we wanted to spe-<br />

Farm Bureau offers scholarship<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Farm Bureau is offering<br />

scholarship awards to <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Farm Bureau members’ children,<br />

with preference given to applicants majoring<br />

in agriculture. The scholarship is for<br />

the purpose of continuing higher education<br />

at a two- or four-year college/university<br />

or technical school. The deadline to<br />

apply is <strong>March</strong> 28, <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Applications will be accepted from students<br />

meeting the following qualifications:<br />

1. Must be a <strong>Madison</strong> County resident;<br />

2. Must be enrolled as a full-time student<br />

in a four-year college/university program or in a two-year technical<br />

program for the fall quarter/semester of <strong>2024</strong>; and<br />

3. Parents/guardian or applicant must be a <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Farm Bureau member.<br />

The award must be used towards the student’s tuition and fees<br />

and will be processed through the scholarship office of the chosen<br />

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school. The dollar amount will<br />

be at the scholarship committee’s<br />

discretion, not to exceed<br />

the budgeted amount.<br />

The criteria to be considered<br />

includes academics, community<br />

activities, grade transcripts, and<br />

three letters of reference. Selection<br />

of the final applicants will<br />

be made by the scholarship committee<br />

and approved by the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Farm Bureau<br />

Board of Trustees.<br />

To apply for the scholarship,<br />

visit <strong>Madison</strong>.ofbf.org and click on the “<strong>2024</strong><br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Scholarship available” article<br />

to access the application.<br />

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

Farm Bureau office at 800-451-8908 or<br />

madison@ofbf.org. Business hours are Monday-Thursday,<br />

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 26: Women<br />

in Ag breakfast at<br />

Red Brick Tavern<br />

Ohio State University’s College of Food,<br />

Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences<br />

is hosting its monthly Women in Ag meetup<br />

on <strong>March</strong> 26 at the Red Brick Tavern, 1700<br />

Cumberland St., London. Dinner and a<br />

guest presentation on weed identification<br />

and management are set for 5:30 p.m. Dr.<br />

Alyssa Essman, OSU Extension weed specialist,<br />

will speak. The meal costs $5.<br />

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required<br />

and must be made at least three days<br />

prior to the event. Registration includes any<br />

associated materials. To register, visit<br />

go.osu.edu/madisonwiareg.<br />

For more information, contact Amanda<br />

Douridas, <strong>Madison</strong> County OSU Extension’s<br />

agricultural and natural resources educator,<br />

at douridas.9@osu.edu or call the<br />

Extension office at (740) 852-0975.

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Tornado claims 120-year-old <strong>Madison</strong> Co. barn<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

One of <strong>Madison</strong> County’s iconic barns<br />

was among the structures lost in the tornado/storm<br />

event that swept through the<br />

county on the morning of Feb. 28.<br />

Located on Markley Road, southwest of<br />

Summerford, the two-story, German-style<br />

bank barn had stood for 120 years, its original<br />

name and construction date, “Diamond<br />

Rock Stock Farm 1904,” emblazoned on its<br />

slate roof.<br />

“At 5:03 a.m. (on Feb. 28), my wife and I<br />

headed to the basement and heard the tornado,”<br />

said John Mitchell who, with his<br />

wife, Joanna, has owned the barn as part of<br />

their farm since 2000.<br />

After the storm passed, John grabbed a<br />

flashlight and made his way to the barn<br />

only to see that it had been flattened.<br />

“I wanted to cry,” he said, adding that<br />

several friends and neighbors later told him<br />

they, too, were in tears over the loss. “A lot<br />

of people knew this barn because it wasn’t<br />

just your basic barn.”<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County historical records show<br />

that Daniel Lucy built the barn in 1904 for<br />

use in his market hog operation. Later in its<br />

life, the barn was used for a dairy operation.<br />

There’s a good chance the barn’s timbers<br />

were cut from the farm, John said, and he<br />

has had modern day repair experts tell him<br />

the roof’s original slate likely came from Vermont<br />

by way of train and horse-and-wagon.<br />

The Mitchells acquired the barn when<br />

they purchased the farm next to theirs. At<br />

the time, the barn’s walls were pushing out,<br />

the floor was suffering from rot, and the roof<br />

had lost some of its slate. The couple<br />

wasted little time in hiring professionals to<br />

shore up the barn and return the roof to its<br />

original glory. Up until last month’s tornado,<br />

they had used the barn primarily for<br />

storage.<br />

While they are saddened by the barn’s<br />

demise, the Mitchells said they feel fortunate<br />

things weren’t worse.<br />

“We are so lucky. Our house could’ve<br />


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Soil and Water Conservation seeks input<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> Soil and Water Conservation District is requesting<br />

public input into their annual plan of operations. A public and local<br />

work group meeting is set for 10 a.m. <strong>March</strong> 20 in the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

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Farm Bureau at the Capitol<br />

Hundreds of Ohio Farm Bureau members,<br />

including representatives from the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Farm Bureau, gathered in<br />

downtown Columbus to meet one-on-one<br />

with state senators and representatives<br />

during Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual Ag Day<br />

at the Capitol on Feb. 21.<br />

Among topics discussed were priority<br />

items for the Ohio Farm Bureau, including<br />

eminent domain reform and additional<br />

landowner protections, water quality, a more<br />

resilient food system, and the expansion of<br />

affordable high-speed broadband access.<br />

Attendees also took part in a leadership<br />

panel with members of the 135th General<br />

Assembly, discussing the future of agriculture<br />

policies currently under consideration,<br />

including property taxes, environmental<br />

stewardship, education and workforce development,<br />

and rural health care, among<br />

other topics.<br />

Austin Crumley, vice president, Kayle<br />

Mast, and Melinda Lee, organization director,<br />

attended Ag Day at the Capitol on behalf<br />

of the <strong>Madison</strong> County Farm Bureau.<br />

Between meetings with legislators, they<br />

also heard from Ohio Farm Bureau President<br />

Bill Patterson and Adam Sharp, the organization’s<br />

executive vice president.<br />

Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working<br />

together for Ohio Farmers to advance agriculture<br />

and strengthen communities. Learn Melinda Lee, organization director, attended Ag Day at the Capi-<br />

(From left) Austin Crumley, vice president, Kayle Mast, and<br />

more at ohiofarmbureau.org.<br />

tol on behalf of the <strong>Madison</strong> County Farm Bureau.<br />

Master Gardeners scholarship<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Master Gardener Volunteers will grant a<br />

$1,000 scholarship to a student who is interested in pursuing a<br />

plant-based science degree, such as in the areas of agronomy,<br />

botany, horticulture, landscaping, forestry, environment, conservation,<br />

or agriculture.<br />

The applicant must be a <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

resident or a graduate (or graduating senior)<br />

of a <strong>Madison</strong> County high school. College<br />

students currently enrolled in a<br />

plant-related major may apply as well.<br />

Interested students can apply online at<br />

go.osu.edu/madmgvscholarship or pick up<br />

an application from any <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

high school or the OSU Extension Office,<br />

215 Elm St., London. The application deadline<br />

is April 1.<br />

Best in corn yield<br />

Ohio Corn & Wheat hosted its annual<br />

Celebration of Corn & Wheat event in February.<br />

The organization recognized 2023<br />

Ohio corn and wheat yield contest winners,<br />

legislators who support Ohio growers, and<br />

scholarship recipients who are training to<br />

serve in roles that serve farmers. Corey Farrens<br />

of <strong>Madison</strong> County was among the<br />

honorees. Farrens placed first in the Ohio<br />

corn yield contest and third in the national<br />

conventional non-irrigated class.

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Budget Storage of Ohio/Mt. Sterling<br />

Code Sections: 5322.01, 5322.02, 5322.03, 5322.04<br />

hereby gives Notice of Sale under said law.<br />

Saturday, April 6, <strong>2024</strong> at 10am<br />

at Budget Storage, 15015 US Hwy 62 SE Mt. Sterling, Ohio<br />

will hold a public sale of delinquent units in order to satisfy<br />

an owners’ lien on the following units<br />

#89 Michael Cantrell, 5426 Floral Circle S, Apt. A-4, Columbus, OH43228<br />

- Sweeper, air conditioners, shelving, boxes, totes; #167 Heath Clark, 7700<br />

St. Rt. 180, Kingston, OH 45644 - Wood chairs, baskets, furniture, misc.;<br />

#193 Gavin Colvin, 16693 Main St., Williamsport, OH 43164 - Desk/chair,<br />

boxes, exercise equipment; #58 Diane Donaghey, 37 Richmond St.,<br />

Adams, MA 01220 - Propane tank, chairs, misc. household; #132 Jack<br />

Gose, 13541 Scioto Darby Rd., Orient, OH 43146 - Stroller, baby swing,<br />

totes, misc. #184 Tammy Gambill, 13586 Crownover Mill Rd., Mt. Sterling,<br />

OH 43143 - Lg. dog cage, old furniture, fireplace, totes; #182 Tammy<br />

Gambill, Clothes, clothes rack, totes, dresser; #166 Tammy Gambill -<br />

Baskets, hand tools, golf clubs; #197 Shawn Hastings, 232 N. Main St.,<br />

Washington CH, OH 43160 - Framing wood, stacks of OSB board;<br />

#7 Gavin Kemp, 167 W. Main St., Mt. Sterling, OH 43143 - Skateboards,<br />

video-DVD’s, gaming chair, hoverboard; #151 Colleen Martinez, 14098<br />

1st St., Orient, OH 43146 - Kids bicycle, aluminum ladder, hoverboard;<br />

#2 Larry Osborne, 2363 Leitnaker Rd., NE, Pleasantville, OH 43148 - File<br />

cabinet, utility cart, headboard/footboard; #208 Michelle Schlotter, 11045<br />

Anderson Antioch Rd., Mt. Sterling, OH 43143 - Office chair, fishing poles,<br />

sink, shelves; #191 Melissa Topping, 16 Houston St., Mt. Sterling, OH<br />

43143 - Microwave, sweeper, pogo stick, misc.; #160 Weston Tufts, 12913<br />

Clifton Rd., Mt. Sterling, OH 43143 - Tool set, tool cabinet, aluminum ramps,<br />

Blackstone Grill.<br />

MM MARCH 17, 24, 31, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>181<br />

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Bids shall be submitted electronically through the www.bidexpress.com webservice until 10:00 am on Tuesday,<br />

April 9, <strong>2024</strong>, at which time they will be publicly received and read aloud, for the project known as:<br />

MAD-TR66-2.53<br />

Dyer Road Over Bradford Creek Bridge Replacement PID 103815<br />

All proposals shall be submitted electronically through the web service www.bidexpress.com. The bid shall be accompanied<br />

by a Bid Security in the form of a bid bond in the amount of one hundred percent (100%) of the bid or a certified<br />

check in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the bid. In addition to the Bid Security, a Performance Bond is<br />

required for this project in the amount of one hundred percent (100%) of the total project cost.<br />

The Owner of the project is the <strong>Madison</strong> County Board of Commissioners. Copies of the plans and specifications<br />

must be obtained from www.bidexpress.com. All bidders must register and be a member of the web service to bid on<br />

the project.<br />

This notice is posted on the <strong>Madison</strong> County website at www.co.madison.oh.us and may be accessed by selecting<br />

“Notices”, then “Bid/Legal Notices.”<br />

The Owner requires that all work associated with the project be completed before May 30, 2026. The estimated commencement<br />

of work date is October 1, 2025.<br />

Bidders must be pre-qualified as a Contractor by the Ohio Department of Transportation.<br />

This is a Federal-Aid project and the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity regulations listed in the proposal shall<br />

govern. There is a 5% Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE’s) participation goal on this contract.<br />

This is a prevailing wage contract in accordance with the U.S. Department of Labor Regulations, Title 29, Subtitle<br />

A, Part 5, Sections 5.5, 5.31, and 5.32, most recent revision at contract execution. Bidders shall comply with all applicable<br />

provisions.<br />

Disadvantaged Business (DBE) Requirement. DBE participation goals (Subcontracts, materials, supplies) have been<br />

set on this project for those certified as DBE's in accordance with the TEA - 21 (1998) and 49 CFR, Part 26, and<br />

qualified to bid with ODOT under Chapter 5525 of the Ohio Revised Code (O.R.C.). The DBE goal designation<br />

is stated at the beginning of the project proposal, following the project identification.<br />

No bids shall be withdrawn for a period of sixty (60) days after the opening thereof. Awarding of the contract shall<br />

be to the Lowest and Best bidder as determined by the <strong>Madison</strong> County Board of Commissioners in the best interest<br />

of <strong>Madison</strong> County. The Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids.<br />

MM MARCH 17, 24 & 31, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>175<br />



Wall to Wall Storage<br />

1800 State Route 56 SW, London, OH.<br />

Saturday, April 6th, <strong>2024</strong> at 10:00 a.m.<br />

1) Zach Williams, London, OH - TVs, boxes, furniture. 2) Samantha<br />

Green, London, OH - Furniture, household. 3) Loretta Maxey,<br />

Springfield, OH - Totes, furniture. 4) Carol Blackburn, London, OH<br />

- Bike, tiller, bags, totes. 5) Laura Chastain, London, OH - Bags,<br />

chairs, boxes. 6) Heather Rose, Cleveland, OH - Totes, bed frame,<br />

cabinet. 7) Dallas Watts, London, OH - Flatscreen TV, furniture. 8)<br />

Ray Bussey, London, OH - Household, totes, boxes. 9) Shila<br />

Parsley, London, OH - Shoes, clothes, bags. 10) Teresa Shaw,<br />

London, OH - Antique furniture. 11) Tracy Harford, West Jefferson,<br />

OH - Shelves, stroller, flooring.<br />

Some Units will be removed if paid prior to auction.<br />

MM MARCH 17 & 24, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>182<br />

Attention: Cities & Townships<br />




CALL US AT<br />

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740-852-0809<br />


Sealed bids will be received by the Board of Public Utilities of the City of London,<br />

State of Ohio Administration Office, 20 South Walnut St., Suite 100, London, Ohio<br />

until 4:00 P.M. Monday, April 15, <strong>2024</strong> in the City Administration Office for the<br />

leasing of the City Farm for London Sanitation Department in accordance with<br />

ASCS office tillable acres.<br />

Each bid must contain the full name of every person or company interested in<br />

the same and be accompanied by a certified check or cashier’s check in the<br />

amount of $100.00 as a guarantee that if the bid is accepted, a contract will be<br />

entered into.<br />

Upon entering into contract, the successful bidder shall furnish a contract performance<br />

bond in the amount of 10% of the total bid to the satisfaction of said<br />

Board of Public Utilities and on doing so said certified check or cashier’s check<br />

shall be returned to the successful bidder. The right is reserved to reject any and<br />

all bids for any reason.<br />

Bid Specifications for the leasing of the City of London Sanitation Department<br />

Farm, can be found at Londonohio.gov, or pick up at the Administration Office,<br />

20 South Walnut St., Suite 100, London Ohio 43140<br />

Bids will be publicly opened at 10:00 A.M., on Tuesday, April 16, <strong>2024</strong> at the<br />

City of London, Administration Building, 20 South Walnut St., London, Ohio 43140<br />

Board of Public Utilities<br />

Marcus Vest, Chairman<br />

MM MARCH 17, 24, 31 & APRIL 7 & 14<br />


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xLegal Notices<br />


OHIO REVISED CODE, SEC. 2329.26<br />


Cross Country Mortgage LLC, Plaintiff<br />

vs.<br />

Casey N. Carroll et. al., Defendant<br />

Case No. CVE20230180<br />

Parcel No. 31-00146.000<br />

Address: 44 South St., London, OH 43140<br />

In pursurance of an order of sale in the above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public online<br />

auction, at https://madison.sheriffsaleauction.ohio.gov. The above named property was<br />

appraised at $80,000.00 and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of that amount on Friday,<br />

5th day of April, <strong>2024</strong>, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. If no bids at that time, the property will be offered<br />

up again on Friday, 19th day of April, <strong>2024</strong>. There will be no minimum bid for the second sale.<br />

Any additional costs and taxes owed for the action that are not covered by the sale, will be collected<br />

within 30 days of the confirmation from the purchaser. However, the Plaintiff has the right<br />

to redeem the property within 14 days of the sale by paying the full purchase price to the clerk<br />

of courts, and will be considered the successful purchaser of the sale.<br />

The complete legal description can be found in the office of the <strong>Madison</strong> County Recorder, in<br />

the <strong>Madison</strong> County Courthouse located at 1 N. Main Street, London, OH 43140.<br />

Being the same property conveyed by deed recorded in volume 389, page 1055 of the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Ohio Records.<br />

Last known owner: Casey N. Carroll et. al<br />

Said premises located at: 44 South St., London, OH 43140<br />

All properties sold at Sheriff’s Sale are on an “as-is” basis and have no warranty or guarantee. The<br />

appraisal may or may not have been an inside inspection of the property and the Sheriff nor<br />

the appraisers are liable for the condition of the property that was appraised.<br />

Terms of Sale: $5,000.00 will be due the day of the sale, balance due within 30 days of<br />

confirmation.<br />

Additional fees to be paid to the Sheriff, include, transfer tax & conveyance fees which will be<br />

added to the balance due. All funds paid to the Sheriff must be in cash or certified check.<br />

Delinquent taxes will be paid by the plaintiff, current taxes prorated to the purchaser to the date<br />

of the auction. The purchaser assumes all taxes from the date of the auction. The purchaser shall<br />

be responsible for those costs, allowances, and taxes that the proceeds of the sale are insufficient<br />

to cover.<br />

John R. Swaney, Sheriff<br />

Tina J. Sabin, Deputy<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio<br />

Reimer Law Co., Attorney<br />

P.O. Box 39696, Solon, OH 44139<br />

MM MARCH 10, 17 & 24, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>167<br />



In the State of Ohio, County of <strong>Madison</strong><br />

US Bank National Association<br />

(Plaintiff)<br />

vs.<br />

Robert M. Moats, et. al<br />

(Defendant)<br />

Case No. CVE20230192<br />

In pursuance of an Order of Sale directed to me in the<br />

above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public online<br />

auction the following described real estate:<br />

Property Address:<br />

409 Hawthorn Ave., London, OH 43140<br />

Legal Description: A full legal description of the<br />

property may be obtained at<br />

www.bethroseauction.com.<br />

Parcel Number: 31-02182.000<br />

Said Premises Appraised: $99,000.00<br />

Minimum Bid: $66,600.00<br />

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MM MARCH 10, 17 & 24, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>168<br />


OHIO REVISED CODE, SEC. 2329.26<br />


Fifth Third Bank N.A., Plaintiff<br />

vs.<br />

Scott L. Miller et. al., Defendant<br />

Case No. CVE20230103<br />

Parcel No. 27-00099.001<br />

Address: 11695 William Lucas Rd., South Solon, OH 45153<br />

In pursurance of an order of sale in the above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public online<br />

auction, at https://madison.sheriffsaleauction.ohio.gov. The above named property was<br />

appraised at $175,000.00 and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of that amount on Friday,<br />

5th day of April, <strong>2024</strong>, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. If no bids at that time, the property will be offered<br />

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Any additional costs and taxes owed for the action that are not covered by the sale, will be collected<br />

within 30 days of the confirmation from the purchaser. However, the Plaintiff has the right<br />

to redeem the property within 14 days of the sale by paying the full purchase price to the clerk<br />

of courts, and will be considered the successful purchaser of the sale.<br />

The complete legal description can be found in the office of the <strong>Madison</strong> County Recorder, in<br />

the <strong>Madison</strong> County Courthouse located at 1 N. Main Street, London, OH 43140.<br />

Being the same property conveyed by deed recorded in volume 389, page 1055 of the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Ohio Records.<br />

Last known owner: Scott L. Miller et. al<br />

Said premises located at: 11695 William Lucas Rd., South Solon, OH 45153<br />

All properties sold at Sheriff’s Sale are on an “as-is” basis and have no warranty or guarantee. The<br />

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of the auction. The purchaser assumes all taxes from the date of the auction. The purchaser shall<br />

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John R. Swaney, Sheriff<br />

Tina J. Sabin, Deputy<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio<br />

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MM MARCH 10, 17 & 24, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>166<br />



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By Order of Jennifer S. Hunter, CPA, <strong>Madison</strong> County Auditor<br />

1. City of London Part Lot 33 Toland Parcel 31-01785.000<br />

Terms: All Real Estate Sold Absolute To Highest Bidder<br />

All Real Estate Parcels Must Be Paid in Full Day of Auction<br />

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MM MARCH 17, <strong>2024</strong><br />

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