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London • pages 10-11<br />

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<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains • pages12-13<br />

West Jefferson • pages 14-15<br />

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Different groups of people can work together to build hope. Evidence<br />

of that fact now stands in Cowling Park and Merri-Mac Park<br />

in London.<br />

On March 29, representatives from London Correctional Institution<br />

(LoCI) delivered and installed Hope Boxes at the parks. The<br />

structures, custom-made by incarcerated individuals at LoCI, serve<br />

as small food pantries stocked with non-perishable items for anyone<br />

in the community who needs them. Soon, LoCI will install additional<br />

Hope Boxes at London’s dog park and one other location in<br />

London yet to be determined.<br />

“We’re big on community engagement. We have a lot of incarcerated<br />

adults who want to give back to the community,” said Warden<br />

Mike DeMartino.<br />

As for why the institution chose food pantries as a way to help,<br />

DeMartino said, “A lot of people are struggling today, and they don’t<br />

know how to ask for help or where to go for help. This gives them a<br />

place to go for their next meal.”<br />

The project got rolling in November when LoCI staff members<br />

took the Hope Box idea to the institution’s maintenance shop which<br />

employs eight incarcerated individuals.<br />

“They came up with a design that was durable, weather resistant,<br />

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Representatives from London Correctional Institution (LoCI) installed custom-made Hope Box food pantries<br />

at Cowling Park and Merri-Mac Park in London on March 29. On hand were: (from left) Jason Rainer; Andy Skinner,<br />

LoCI maintenance repair worker; Greg Newkirk, LoCI building construction superintendent; LoCI Warden<br />

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Cooking supplies go to Meadowview residents<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

Residents at Meadowview Village Apartments,<br />

a senior apartment complex in<br />

Mount Sterling, recently were treated to a<br />

pleasant and practical surprise.<br />

On March 25, <strong>Madison</strong> County’s OSU<br />

Extension SNAP-Ed program delivered<br />

crockpots, blenders, microwaves, toasters,<br />

air fryers, bakeware, mixing spoons, and<br />

other cooking supplies to the residents.<br />

Deetra Huntington, SNAP-ED program assistant,<br />

conducts educational programming at Meadowview,<br />

providing residents with information about healthy food<br />

and physical activity choices.<br />

“I discovered that some of the residents didn’t have<br />

basic cooking supplies,” Huntington said.<br />

Mount Sterling American Legion Post 417 came to<br />

the rescue, donating $1,500 for the purchase of supplies.<br />

“We’re right up the road (from Meadowview). This is<br />

our community. We were glad to step in and help out,”<br />

said Wesley Pierce, Legion commander.<br />

Donations like these are much appreciated as the<br />

complex’s residents are on fixed or low incomes, said<br />

Kimberly DeVore, Meadowview service coordinator.<br />

“We are so grateful to the Mount Sterling American<br />

Legion Post for providing the funds and OSU Extension<br />

for making this possible,” DeVore said.<br />

Brandi Hinkle, property manager, added, “A lot of<br />

the residents take turns cooking for one another and<br />

sharing meals. These supplies will make that easier.”<br />

As a bonus, 32 of Meadowview’s 39 residents (those<br />

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Nestled within the intricate web of waterways in the heart of the<br />

Big Darby Creek, the elusive Eastern Hellbender salamander<br />

silently roams, embodying the ancient mystique of Appalachia.<br />

With its slimy skin and distinct wrinkled appearance, this aquatic<br />

giant is both a symbol of resilience and a vital indicator of ecosystem<br />

health. Despite facing numerous threats, recent conservation efforts<br />

have sparked hope for the survival of this state endangered species.<br />

Measuring up to two feet in length, the Eastern Hellbender salamander,<br />

often referred to as the “snot otter” or “Allegheny alligator,”<br />

is North America’s largest salamander. However, its population has<br />

steadily declined due to habitat loss, pollution, and disease. The Big<br />

and Little Darby Creeks, with their clean, oxygen-rich waters, have<br />

emerged as crucial strongholds for these remarkable creatures.<br />

Local conservation groups, such as the Ohio Hellbender Partnership,<br />

in collaboration with governmental agencies and environmental<br />

organizations, have implemented various strategies to safeguard<br />

the hellbender’s habitat. One such initiative involves restoring riparian<br />

zones along the riverbanks, which not only prevents erosion<br />

but also provides essential shade and shelter for the salamanders.<br />

Additionally, efforts to minimize pollution from agricultural<br />

runoff and sewage have helped maintain water quality, crucial for<br />

the hellbender’s survival.<br />

Another positive initiative is the establishment of protected habitats<br />

and conservation areas. Organizations<br />

such as the Southeastern Hellbender Conservation<br />

Initiative have worked to identify<br />

critical habitats for hellbenders and implement<br />

measures to protect these areas from<br />

human disturbances.<br />

In addition to habitat protection and<br />

restoration, captive breeding and reintroduction<br />

programs have been initiated to supplement<br />

wild populations and enhance genetic<br />

diversity. Institutions like the Columbus<br />

Zoo, Ohio Division of Wildlife, and The Ohio<br />

State University, and other conservation<br />

centers have successfully bred hellbenders<br />

in captivity, providing a safeguard against<br />

extinction and offering opportunities for research,<br />

reintroduction, and education. Over<br />

200 individuals have been released in areas<br />

deemed quality habitat across the Big and<br />

Little Darby Creeks since 2012.<br />

Furthermore, educational programs and<br />

public awareness campaigns, such as starring<br />

on the cover of “Wild Ohio” magazine,<br />

have played a vital role in garnering support<br />

for hellbender conservation. By engaging<br />

communities in citizen science projects<br />

such as monitoring stream quality and advocating<br />

for responsible land management<br />

practices, conservationists have fostered a<br />

sense of stewardship among residents.<br />

Despite these efforts, challenges persist.<br />

Climate change poses a looming threat, as<br />

rising temperatures and altered precipitation<br />

The Eastern Hellbender, often referred to as the “snot otter” or<br />

“Allegheny alligator,” is the largest salamander in North America.<br />

patterns could disrupt the delicate balance of aquatic ecosystems.<br />

Additionally, the spread of the deadly chytrid fungus remains a<br />

concern, highlighting the need for continued monitoring and research.<br />

As the sun sets over the Darby Creek, the future of the Eastern<br />

Hellbender salamander hangs in the balance. Yet, amidst the challenges,<br />

there is optimism. Local actions by landowners, including<br />

nutrient management plans, controlling erosion, and addressing resource<br />

concerns through governmental conservation programs have<br />

allowed the Big and Little Darby Creeks to thrive and has enabled<br />

this pristine habitat to exist.<br />

Siltation is the greatest threat to Eastern Hellbender habitat.<br />

Contact the <strong>Madison</strong> Soil and Water Conservation District office at<br />

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The Forgotten Ones Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and its London chapter, the Founding Fathers,<br />

hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for the community on March 30 at the Merri-Mac Park ball fields in London. The<br />

day also included free food and a bicycle giveaway. This was a first-time event for the organization which<br />

is made up of police officers, fire fighters, medics, correctional officers, military personnel, and other first<br />

responders. The organization’s fundamental mission is brotherhood and charity. The London chapter is<br />

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Village of Plain City earns Tree City USA status<br />

By Kristy Zurbrick<br />

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

The village of Plain City has stepped up<br />

its efforts when it comes to urban forest<br />

management. As a result, it has earned its<br />

first Tree City USA designation through the<br />

Arbor Day Foundation.<br />

An awards ceremony is planned for May<br />

9 in Worthington. Village representatives,<br />

including Denton Kitts, will be on hand to<br />

accept a plaque and Tree City USA signs to<br />

post around the village.<br />

“We started the process toward becoming<br />

a Tree City in mid- to late-2022. There’s a<br />

lot that goes into it,” said Kitts, parks and<br />

recreation assistant.<br />

To qualify, a municipality must establish<br />

a tree commission, create or update its policy<br />

governing planting and caring for public<br />

trees, spend at least $2 per resident annually<br />

on trees and tree maintenance, and hold<br />

an annual Arbor Day celebration, among<br />

other requirements.<br />

Policies, guidelines, and education<br />

Plain City now has an active tree commission<br />

that meets at 6:30 p.m. the last<br />

Tuesday of each month at the municipal<br />

building. The public is welcome to attend.<br />

Village council approved an updated tree<br />

policy that lists the species the village can<br />

plant on public property, sets guidelines for<br />

how to plant and care for the trees, and outlines<br />

responsibilities of the village and<br />

homeowners when it comes to public trees.<br />

A forester from the Ohio Department of<br />

Natural Resources (ODNR) led pruning and<br />

planting workshops last year for village employees.<br />

Personnel from the village of Mount<br />

Sterling also attended those workshops.<br />

Mount Sterling is earning its first Tree City<br />

USA designation this year, as well.<br />

“We’ve been working with Mount Sterling<br />

through this process. We’ve bounced<br />

ideas back and forth with their tree committee,”<br />

Kitts said.<br />

As for the per-resident spending minimum,<br />

Kitts said the village has already<br />

been meeting that requirement.<br />

He also noted that the tree commission<br />

will encourage any new housing developers<br />

to choose a variety of trees, rather than just<br />

one species, for their landscaping plans.<br />

Events<br />

Plain City is hosting several events to engage<br />

the community in tree-related projects<br />

and promote environmental stewardship.<br />

First up is a tree planting workshop set<br />

for <strong>April</strong> 6 at 10 a.m. at Pastime Park. An<br />

ODNR forester will provide instruction. The<br />

rain date is <strong>April</strong> 13.<br />

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City is holding an Arbor Day celebration.<br />

This year’s event is set for <strong>April</strong> 22, 4-7 p.m.,<br />

at Pastime Park and is a combined Earth<br />

Day/Arbor Day recognition. The village is<br />

giving away 2,000 tree saplings and shrubs<br />

to area residents. The <strong>Madison</strong> County Master<br />

Gardeners are giving away garden<br />

seeds. The Plain City Leo Club, a youth<br />

branch of the Lions Club, is hosting activities<br />

geared toward youths.<br />

The village also is holding an Arbor Day<br />

celebration on <strong>April</strong> 26 at Plain City Elementary<br />

during which first-graders will<br />

help to plant a tree. This event is not open<br />

to the public.<br />

The story walk trail at Pastime Park will<br />

feature an Earth Day-themed book, “Super<br />

Manny Cleans Up” by Kelly DiPucchio, in<br />

COOKING<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

who are 60 or older) are receiving $200 each<br />

for food assistance, thanks to a Healthy<br />

Aging grant the county received through the<br />

Ohio Department of Aging. Grant funds can<br />

be used for food assistance, housing or<br />

rental assistance, and internet access,<br />

among other services.<br />

To date, the county has disbursed approximately<br />

$165,000 of the $168,000 it received<br />

through the grant. The breakdown is<br />

as follows: $57,114 for food assistance for<br />

<strong>April</strong> and May. Pages of the book will be on<br />

display, in sequence, at stops along the trail.<br />

Tolles partnership<br />

In related news, the Ohio Environmental<br />

Protection Agency awarded Plain City a<br />

$31,000 environmental education grant last<br />

year. The village is using the funds to plant<br />

and prune trees, remove invasive species,<br />

and remove trash at future park land along<br />

Big Darby Creek. Students in outdoor career<br />

programs at Tolles Career & Technical<br />

Center are helping with the project. Since<br />

this past fall, they have been working with<br />

village crews at the site once or twice a<br />

month and will continue to do so through<br />

the remainder of this school year and into<br />

the fall. The project gives students handson<br />

experience in the field.<br />

156 individuals, $33,000 for housing assistance<br />

for 44 individuals, $12,300 for internet<br />

access for 70 individuals, and $62,355<br />

for other services for 185 individuals.<br />

According to Susan Thompson, who<br />

serves on the county’s Healthy Aging grant<br />

committee with Huntington, agencies receiving<br />

some of the funding include Meadowview<br />

Village, Mount Sterling Community<br />

Center, Lifecare Alliance, and CRSI Inc.<br />

“We were able to assist many individuals<br />

through this grant,” Thompson said.<br />

London – Kronk & Scaggs Insurance, Inc. Ohio Mutual Insurance Group President and<br />

CEO Mark C. Russell has recognized Kronk & Scaggs Insurance, Inc. for 25 years of<br />

partnership, representing Ohio Mutual in London. Grant Zerkle received the<br />

recognition on behalf of the agency at a recent company event in Columbus.<br />

Since partnering in May, 1999, Kronk & Scaggs Insurance, Inc. has consistently focused<br />

on achieving profitable growth while maintaining a strong partnership with Ohio<br />

Mutual.<br />

We’re honored to recognize Kronk & Scaggs Insurance, Inc. for 25 years of commitment,<br />

dedication, and loyalty to representing Ohio Mutual’s mission, vision, and values and<br />

dedicating themselves to their customers and community,” said Russell. “For 25 years<br />

we have valued this partnership and we look forward to many more years of success.”<br />

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<strong>Madison</strong> County OSU Extension surprised residents at Meadowview Village Apartments<br />

in Mount Sterling with basic cooking supplies. On hand for the presentation were: (front<br />

row, from left) residents Alma Lewis, Rhonda Rohrer, Cheri Melvin, Ray Presley, and<br />

Johnida Joy White, and Meadowview property manager Brandi Hinkle; (back row) Meadowview<br />

service coordinator Kimberly DeVore, resident Carrie Carter, Mount Sterling<br />

American Legion Post Commander Wesley Pierce and his son John, Healthy Aging grant<br />

committee chairperson Susan Thompson, Pierce’s stepson Nick Dummitt, SNAP-Ed program<br />

assistant Deetra Huntington, and Mount Sterling Mayor Andy Drake.<br />

HOPE BOXES<br />

Continued from page 1<br />

The box at Cowling Park is the largest of<br />

the four. The other three boxes are approximately<br />

two-thirds the size. LoCI staff and<br />

incarcerated adults will make donations on<br />

an ongoing basis to keep the boxes stocked<br />

with food. The public is welcome to donate<br />

items, as well. Besides non-perishable food,<br />

dog treats and dog toys are also welcome at<br />

the dog park Hope Box.<br />

City officials appreciate the institution’s<br />

decision to place the boxes around London.<br />

Mayor Patrick Closser was on hand for the<br />

installation at Cowling Park, as was Eve<br />

Breedlove, the city’s executive assistant,<br />

who helped to coordinate the project.<br />

“The Hope Boxes are a testament to the<br />

power of collaboration,” Breedlove said.<br />

“This initiative allows incarcerated individuals<br />

to continue contributing to the community<br />

and provides London residents with<br />

accessible food pantries in the heart of our<br />

parks.”


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Kiwanis Club applauds top students<br />

On March 4, the Kiwanis Club of London hosted its annual Junior<br />

Kiwanians banquet. The club recognized the top 10 juniors,<br />

based on grade point average, from London and <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains<br />

high schools.<br />

The honorees were asked to share a little bit about themselves.<br />

Club members did the same, providing information about the impact<br />

a club like Kiwanis can have on the community.<br />

The London Kiwanis Club recognized the top 10 juniors from London<br />

High School: (front row, from left) Emma, Hensel, Evan<br />

Moran, Carter Blakeway, Nathan Lohrer, Isabella Kerry; (back row)<br />

Aidan Cooney, Alexander Cooper, Quinton Brown, Athena Powell,<br />

and London High School Principal Ryan Rismiller. Not pictured:<br />

Trinity Mounts.<br />

Lions members honored<br />

for community service<br />

During the OH-05 Zone Lion Convention on March 15-16 at<br />

Deer Creek State Park, three members of the London Lions<br />

Club were recognized for their service to the community and<br />

the Lions organization. Michael Norman (left), first vice president,<br />

was named Zone OH-05 Lion of the Year. Gary Likens<br />

(center), London club president and newly elected second<br />

vice district governor, received the Zone 5 Council of Governors<br />

Award of Merit and the District Governor Award of Appreciation.<br />

Greg Eades (right) received the Melvin Jones<br />

Fellowship Award for his lifetime of acts of service dedicated<br />

to humanitarian services. The International Lions Club was<br />

founded in 1917 and has five pillars for service and educational<br />

outreach: vision, childhood diabetes, childhood cancer,<br />

hunger, and the environment.<br />

The London Kiwanis Club recognized the top 10 juniors from<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains High School: (front row, from left) Luna Walker,<br />

Kiana Gabler, Ashley Hawkins Mattalynn Long; (back row) Holly<br />

Schiering, Addison Hawkins, McKenzie Adams, and Abigail Lindsey.<br />

Not pictured: Nataliya Mikhaylyuk and Abigail Damron.<br />

Cooking contest set<br />

Enjoy television cooking contests like “Chopped” and “The Great<br />

American Baking Show”? Then, get ready for <strong>Madison</strong> County 4-<br />

H’s first ever Grand Clover Cooking Challenge.<br />

This event is open to youths ages 8 to 18 as of Jan. 1, <strong>2024</strong>, and<br />

will take place July 17-18 at the Della Selsor Building at the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Fairgrounds in London. Youths do not need to be 4-H<br />

members to participate.<br />

With a clock running, teams of three or four will compete to put<br />

forth a prize-winning four-course meal that includes an appetizer,<br />

salad dish, main course, and dessert. Organizers will provide all<br />

supplies, including a mystery box of ingredients the chefs must incorporate<br />

into their dishes. Teams will have electric burners and<br />

electric skills at their stations, along with access to the kitchen sink<br />

and oven.<br />

The junior contest (ages 8-13) is set for 5:30 p.m. July 17. The<br />

senior contest (ages 14-18) is set for 5:30 p.m. July 18. Registration<br />

opens May 1. Watch madison.osu.edu for details.<br />

The contest is an outgrowth of the Dorothy Lewis, Freda and Roy<br />

Barnhart, and Mary and Frank Jenkins 4-H Endowment Fund. The<br />

fund supports efforts and programs that focus on nutrition education<br />

for youths.<br />

For details, contact Laura Dillion, <strong>Madison</strong> County Extension’s<br />

4-H youth development educator, at (740) 852-0975.<br />

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deeply concerned about the housing crisis that is<br />

impacting our state. From urban centers to rural<br />

communities,Ohioans are struggling to find affordable<br />

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One of the primary challenges facing Ohio is the lack of<br />

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The public sector plays a crucial role in addressing the<br />

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New ‘Ghostbusters’ film, same old material<br />

There’s a very good chance movie<br />

theaters across the country will host<br />

screenings of the original “Ghostbusters”<br />

this summer to commemorate<br />

its 40th anniversary. There’s a 100<br />

percent chance the original will entertain<br />

viewers more than any of the follow-up installments.<br />

Three years ago, writer and director Jason Reitman<br />

teamed up with Gil Kenan to revive the iconic comedyhorror<br />

series with “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.” The duo<br />

stripped away all of the silly spirit that made the original<br />

“Ghostbusters” so beloved, turning it into a cynical and<br />

grim slog that relied too heavily on nostalgia and the superior<br />

talent of the creative team behind the 1984 film.<br />

Unfortunately, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” made approximately<br />

$205 million at the box office. That total<br />

isn’t great for an iconic franchise, but because it was released<br />

during the pandemic, it was considered a big success.<br />

The studio executives were happy enough they<br />

decided to give Reitman and Kenan additional funds to<br />

move forward with more sequels. This is why we now<br />

have “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.”<br />

Although that last sentence might come across as<br />

snarky, I should make it clear I did not hate this movie.<br />

In fact, I think it is vastly superior to “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.”<br />

I appreciated that it was assembled with a modicum<br />

of professional competence—you can hear the<br />

dialogue this time!—and the overall vibe is less grim,<br />

much sillier, and more engaging. However, Reitman<br />

and Kenan still rely too heavily on the nostalgia and superior<br />

talent of the creative team behind the original.<br />

At times, it felt like you were watching the 1984 version<br />

but with new images superimposed over the reel.<br />

When the somewhat decent film begins, we find out<br />

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into the literal death trap of the former rural farmstead<br />

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they stay nearly rent-free, having only to spend money<br />

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Headquarters. Winston fails to mention at first that it<br />

is nearly stuffed, ready to burst at the seams with any<br />

new spirit sucked into the machine.<br />

Since the family (plus Gary) is not quite aware of this<br />

problem yet, they continue to chase after wayward spirits<br />

through the densely packed city, causing millions of<br />

dollars’ worth of property damage and catching the ire<br />

of former EPA inspector turned NYC Mayor Walter Peck<br />

(William Atherton, reprising his role from the original).<br />

Unlike some previous Ghostbusters, namely Peter<br />

Venkman (played by Bill Murray, also reprising his role<br />

in a limited capacity), Callie actually cares what he<br />

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allowing her 15-year-old daughter to chase after spirits.<br />

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prompts the action of the remainder of the film. An overprotective<br />

Callie pulls her daughter from Ghostbusting<br />

duty. A dejected Phoebe strikes up a friendship with a<br />

lonely ghost (Emily Alyn Lind), then accidentally unleashes<br />

an ancient god-like monster who has the ability<br />

to control ghosts and freeze the world. I guess at its heart,<br />

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reprising his character from the original series) by a loafer (Kumail<br />

Nanjiani) who just wants to hock his late grandmother’s treasures.<br />

It descends into ‘Why are teenagers the way they are?’ with Phoebe<br />

doing angsty things, and then it becomes nearly thrilling when the<br />

monster is unleashed onto the world.<br />

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skinny and sharp as icicles, Garraka is a formidable foe for the<br />

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on the monster, this movie could have been pretty good, but alas,<br />

they went the way of the old wrap-it-up standby and ultimately<br />

could not fulfill the possibility of its promise.<br />

Grade: C-<br />

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

Everybody’s heard<br />

about the bird<br />

This song is either<br />

brilliant or an editor’s notebook<br />

incredibly annoying<br />

sound to bounce off<br />

By Rick Palsgrove<br />

one’s eardrums.<br />

It’s “Surfin’ Bird”<br />

by The Trashmen which made it into Billboard’s<br />

Top 10 in 1963 and is known for the<br />

repetitive line “the bird is the word.”<br />

Though the song arose during the surf<br />

music craze of the early 1960s, I am throwing<br />

this out there for your consideration: I think<br />

it might be the first punk rock record, predating<br />

the raucous punk rock music era of the<br />

late 1970s by more than a decade.<br />

Arguments can be made that Link Wray, with his distorted guitar<br />

sounds, or Dick Dale, with his use of volume and reverb, could<br />

claim this mantle of the earliest punk rock record, or maybe even<br />

Little Richard with his energetic, frenzied sound. But the music created<br />

by these and others like them is still more polished than the<br />

crazy cacophony of “Surfin’ Bird.”<br />

From a bit of research, I’ve found that the song is a mash up—by<br />

the garage band The Trashmen who hailed from Minnesota—of two<br />

rhythm and blues songs written by The Rivingtons.<br />

Why do I think The Trashmen’s “Surfin’ Bird” is the first punk<br />

rock record? Well, it shares many of punk rock’s characteristics. It’s<br />

loud. It’s short. It’s aggressive. It’s simple. It has attitude. It means<br />

nothing and everything at the same time. It’s a bit angry. It’s fun.<br />

The lyrics are repetitive to the point that they get stuck in your<br />

brain. By lyrics, I mean, well, there are some words being sung, but<br />

there are also odd vocal noises that just seem to fit.<br />

Musically the guitar and bass churn and burn the chords into<br />

your being and the drummer powerfully propels the song.<br />

Even the band’s name is punk: The Trashmen. It’s kind of gritty<br />

and an almost self-admittance that what they are doing is trashy.<br />

The song pops in and out of popularity every so often. Punk rockers<br />

The Ramones and The Cramps did versions of it (and if you are<br />

a fan of the song, I recommend you check out their versions of it).<br />

It’s also appeared in some movies, as well as on television shows,<br />

most notably “Family Guy.”<br />

Songs come and go, but remember, love it or hate it, “the bird is<br />

the word.”<br />

Rick Palsgrove is editor of the Groveport <strong>Messenger</strong>.


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<strong>2024</strong> SPRING SPORTS REPORT<br />

SPRING<br />

SPORTS REPORT<br />

SHEKINAH FLAMES<br />

Shekinah<br />

Baseball<br />

<strong>April</strong> 6 ............Danville (12 p.m./2 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 8 ....@ <strong>Madison</strong> Christian (5:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9 Northside Christian (5:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 11 ..............Tree of Life (5:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 12 ......................Liberty Christian<br />

Academy (5:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 15 Granville Christian (5:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16 ..............................Worthington<br />

Christian (5:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 22......@ Liberty Christian (5:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23 ....Genoa Christian (5:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 27 ......@ Granville Christian (1 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 29 @ Northside Christian (5:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 30 ..............@ Mt. Gilead (5:15 p.m.)<br />

May 2 ................@ Tree of Life (5:30 p.m.)<br />

May 6 ....<strong>Madison</strong> Christian (5:30 p.m.)<br />

May 7 ....................Delaware Christian -<br />

senior night (5:30 p.m.)<br />

May 10 ......@ <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains (5:30 p.m.)<br />

Sectional tournament begins May 11<br />

Shekinah Softball<br />

<strong>April</strong> 6 ........@ Delaware Christian (1 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 8 ....@ <strong>Madison</strong> Christian (5:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9..........@ Fisher Catholic (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 11Mansfield Christian (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 12 ................Mt. Gilead (5:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16 ......Fisher Catholic (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 22......@ Liberty Christian (5:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 29 ......@ Mansfield Christian (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 30 ..............@ Mt. Gilead (5:15 p.m.)<br />

May 2 ................@ Tree of Life (5:30 p.m.)<br />

May 3 ........................Liberty Christian -<br />

senior night (5:30 p.m.)<br />

May 6 ....<strong>Madison</strong> Christian (5:30 p.m.)<br />

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

Shekinah High School’s baseball team: (front row, from left) David Gingerich, Noah DiCarro, Camden Miller, Brayden DiCarro, Adam<br />

Ferguson, Dean Harris, Jacob Newman, Luke Hockman; (back row) Coach Josh Oxley, Caleb George, Luke Lyon, Jayce Yoder, Alex<br />

Bauermeister, Dakota Hutson, Peyton Purdy, Austin Helmuth, Max Kilzer, and Coach Jonathan Purdy.<br />

Sectional tournament begins May 4<br />

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Shekinah High School’s varsity softball team: (front row, from left) Manager Maggie Lyon, Riann Payne, Josie Harris, Alice Giddens,<br />

Mia Pierce, Grace Ferguson; (back row) Coach Natalie Harris, Nava Showalter, Abigail DeTelder, Lydia Masula, Gabi Nelson, Cara<br />

Dobey, Emma McDowell, and Head Coach Jenn Hudnutt. Not pictured: Brook Purdy.


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SPRING<br />

SPORTS REPORT<br />

Jonathan Alder Baseball<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9 ............Bellefontaine (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 10 ..........@ Bellefontaine (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 12 ............@ Indian Lake (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 13 ........Dublin Coffman (12 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 15 ..............@ Tecumseh (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 17 ..............Tecumseh (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 19 ............................North Union -<br />

Teacher Appreciation Night (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 20........................Hartley (12 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 22..........Kenton Ridge (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 24..........@ Kenton Ridge (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26 ......................Benjamin Logan -<br />

PCABA Night (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 27 ..................@ Lakewood (12 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 29................London - Military and<br />

First Responders<br />

Appreciation Night (5:15 p.m.)<br />

May 1......................@ London (5:15 p.m.)<br />

May 3 ..................@ Shawnee (5:15 p.m.)<br />

May 4..................................Wapakoneta -<br />

PBR Classic @ Defiance (12 p.m.)<br />

May 6............@ Mount Vernon (5:15 p.m.)<br />

May 8Graham - Senior Night (5:15 p.m.)<br />

May 10 ................@ DeeSales (5:15 p.m.)<br />

May 11 ........Newark Catholic (12 p.m.)<br />

Jonathan Alder Softball<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9 ............Bellefontaine (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 10 ..........@ Bellefontaine (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 12..............@ Indian Lake (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 13 ........................Hilliard Bradley -<br />

Der Dutchman Classic (10 a.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 13 Bloom Carroll -<br />

Der Dutchman Classic (2 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 15................@ Tecumseh (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 17 ................Tecumseh (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 19 ............North Union (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 22 ..........Kenton Ridge (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 24 ..........@ Kenton Ridge (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26......Benjamin Logan (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 29 ....................London (5:15 p.m.)<br />

May 1 ......................@ London (5:15 p.m.)<br />

May 3 ..................@ Shawnee (5:15 p.m.)<br />

May 4 ..........@ Olentangy Liberty (8 p.m.)<br />

May 11 ..........@ Mechanicsburg (12 p.m.)<br />

JONATHAN ALDER PIONEERS<br />

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Photo courtesy of Diane Spagnuolo Photography<br />

Jonathan Alder High School’s baseball team: (from left) Garrett Roach, Brooks Pierce, Blake Adkins, Garrett Bauer, Zach Gantz, Tyler<br />

Barton; (second row) Grant Horne, Cashton Wheeler, Greg Kennedy, Mason Keaton, Andy Yoder, Cam Potter, Chase Chopin; (back<br />

row) Head Coach Craig Kyle, Assistant Coach Luke Nees, Jace Schrock, Ashton Martin, Assistant Coach Devin VanWinkle, and Assistant<br />

Coach Bret Yutzy.<br />

Jonathan Alder Track<br />

<strong>April</strong> 10 ..............@ Hilliard Darby (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 12......@ North Union Inv. (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16 ................@ Mechanicsburg with<br />

Kenton Ridge and London (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 19............................Monarch Relays<br />

@ Marysville (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23@ Kilbourne with Coffman (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26 ....@ Benjamin Logan Inv. (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 30 ..................<strong>Madison</strong> County Meet<br />

@ London (4:30 p.m.)<br />

May 2 ........@ Miami Trace Inv. (4:30 p.m.)<br />

May 7 ..............................CBC Prelims @<br />

Benjamin Logan (4:30 p.m.)<br />

May 10 ......................CBC Championship<br />

@ Benjamin Logan (4:30 p.m.)<br />

The boys’ and girls’ track photos will<br />

be published at a later date.<br />

Photo courtesy of Diane Spagnuolo Photography<br />

Jonathan Alder High School’s softball team: (front row, from left) Ellie WIlkin, Riley Magginis, Kallie Sajdyk, Emme Edwards, Mia<br />

Hilbert, Maggie McCoy, Raegan Tremayne; (second row) Katelyn Rihl, Macy Pruitt, Caroline Timberlake, Ava Skorich, Eliza Shuping,<br />

Natalie Neumeier, Evan Platfoot, Shanna Higgins; (third row) Mattie Piccolantonio, Lily Talik, Goldie Bowsher, Abby Bush, Lauren<br />

Ruetsch, Alivia Curtis, Myla Schilling, Anna Engle, Lucy Boyd; (back row) Assistant Coach Tom Russell, Head Coach Dave McGrew,<br />

Alyssa Miller, Kylie Petersheim, Owyn Johnson, Kiersten Dolby, Assistant Coach Glen Widner, and Assistant Coach MaeKenleigh<br />

Greene. Not pictured: Gracie Napier, Mallory Reynolds, Alaina Reynolds, and Assistant Coach Heather Colvin.


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SPRING<br />

SPORTS REPORT<br />

Jonathan Alder Tennis<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9 ..................Shawnee (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 10 ..............@ Marysville (3:45 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 11 ..............@ Tecumseh (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 15..........................................Urbana<br />

@ Melvin Miller Park (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16 ..........@ Bellefontaine (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 18..........Kenton Ridge (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 22....................London (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23 ..........@ Northwestern (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 24 ..........@ Delaware Hayes (4 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 25 ..................................Shawnee @<br />

Global Impact STEM (4:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 29 ..........................Ready (4 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 30 ..............Tecumseh (4:30 p.m.)<br />

May 1 ......................@ Grove City (4 p.m.)<br />

May 2 ................@ Hilliard Darby (4 p.m.)<br />

Jonathan Alder Lacrosse<br />

JONATHAN ALDER PIONEERS<br />

<strong>April</strong> 6 ......................Oakwood (4 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9 ..................@ DeSales (7:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 13..................John Glenn (4 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16 ........................@ Bexley (6 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 18 ......Cols. Academy (7:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 25 ..................@ Big Walnut (7 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 27 ..........@ Wilmington (12:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 30 ............@ Buckeye Valley (7 p.m.)<br />

May 3 ......................@ Marysville (7 p.m.)<br />

May 4 ..............Hilliard Bradley (7 p.m.)<br />

May 8 ......Westerville North (7:30 p.m.)<br />

Photo courtesy of Diane Spagnuolo Photography<br />

Jonathan Alder High School’s tennis team: (front row, from left) Josh Weakley, Shardul Kadam, Max Metz, Joel Mitchell, Gideon Sullivan,<br />

Isaac Banks, and James Ratliff; (second row) Daisy Henderson, Jacob Weakley, Derek Rodriguez, Vaughn Xabouathone, Sean<br />

Gluntz, Jaxen Taber; (back row) Assistant Coach Bryan Deeken, Noah Kuck, Seth Dickman, Conner Boggs, Elijah Harriman, Drew<br />

Corbitt, and Head Coach Ryan Swinehart. Not pictured: Jason Thompson.<br />

Photo courtesy of Diane Spagnuolo Photography<br />

Jonathan Alder High School’s lacrosse team: (front row, from left) Sam Cameron, Troy Nicol, Maddox Kingry, Mason Curtis, Henry Drewes, Forrest Gregory, Grant Nicol, Gavin<br />

Murphy, Christian Watkins, Kaiden Snyder, Max Warner, Jordan May, Caiden Caldwell; (second row) Gavin Johnson, Caleb Wiltshire, Caleb Clark, Eli Ricker, Connor Bodey, Alex<br />

Boggs, Wyatt Clemmons, Joe Kennedy, Travis Chany, Will Moeller, Jack Kennedy, Elijah Thompson; (third row) Assistant Coach Jason Arbogast, Head Coach Rob Davis, Calloway<br />

Kile, Maksim Anthony, Eli Nicol, Emmerich Mast, Alex VanBuren, Guy Goslee, Brody Hill, Assistant Coach Ed Kennedy, and Assistant Coach Troy Cameron. Not pictured: Ryan<br />

Mark, Grant Teach, and Assistant Coach Eamon Castello.


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London Boys’ and Girls’ Track<br />

LONDON RED RAIDERS<br />

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<strong>April</strong> 9..................................................Bloom Carroll (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 12 ......................................@ Graham Invitational (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16....................................@ Mechanicsburg Quad (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 20 ................................@ Bloom Carroll Invitational (10 a.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23 ....@ Columbus School for Girls with Circleville (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26 ......................@ Hamilton Township Invitational (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 30 ................................<strong>Madison</strong> County Quad (4:30 p.m.)<br />

May 3..................................@ Northeastern Invitational (4:30 p.m.)<br />

May 7 ............CBC Championships @ Benjamin Logan (4:30 p.m.)<br />

May 10 ..........CBC Championships @ Benjamin Logan (4:30 p.m.)<br />

London Baseball<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9............................................................@ Urbana (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 10 ..........................................................Urbana (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 12................................................Northwestern (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 15................................................Kenton Ridge (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16 ....................................................Whetstone (6:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 17................................................@ Kenton Ridge (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 19 ......................................................Shawnee (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 20 ........................................................@ Marysville (11 a.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 22 ................................................Bellefontaine (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 24 ................................................@ Bellefontaine (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26 ........................................................@ Graham (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 29 ............................................@ Jonathan Alder (5:15 p.m.)<br />

May 1 ................................................Jonathan Alder (5:15 p.m.)<br />

May 2 ..................................................Southeastern (6:30 p.m.)<br />

May 3 ..............................................@ Benjamin Logan (5:15 p.m.)<br />

May 4 ....................................................Dublin Coffman (7 p.m.)<br />

May 6........................................................Bishop Ready (7 p.m.)<br />

May 11 ..................................................Delaware Hayes (7 p.m.)<br />

London Tennis<br />

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

London High School’s boys’ track: (front row, from left) Cameron Patterson, Zach Jones, Codie Robinson,<br />

Michael Pollock, Connor Fulton, Hunter Canney, Damian Roby; (second row) Juan Rice, Christian Shoaf, Hayden<br />

Ray, Derek Elfrink, Nick Perigo, Owen Howe, Eldon Mars, George Weese, Jeffrey Artis; (third row) Latrell Jackson,<br />

Dalton Peck, Tristan Webster, Nathaniel Schaefer, Devon Koehler, Wyatt Hallmon, Alex Smith, Isaac Schaefer;<br />

(fourt row) Gabe Scholl, Cole Berkey, Samuel Chapman, Jahvaughn Graham, Brody Neal, Stevie Gravely,<br />

Thomas Herman, Aaron Marcum, Cameron Carn, Dreux Prince; (fifth row) Nathan Guitner, Caelan Mars, Grant<br />

McCoy, Wyatt Adams-Jette, Robby Minner, David Castillo, Griffin Langhurst, June Turner, Deionta Taylor, Blake<br />

Reay, Kaleb Long; (sixth row) Marquise McFarlane, Justin Jackman, Colton Hamilton, Matthew Dwyer, Alex<br />

Cooper, Benjamin Pridemore, Octavius Manville, Gus Feliks, Trenton Derifield, Kellan Jackson; (back row)<br />

coaches Jessica Hines, Mike Wilson, Dave Stewart, Andy Crawford, Joe Montoya, and Devin Clark.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9....................................................Bellefontaine (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 10 ............................................@ Franklin Heights (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 11 ..........................................................@ Urbana (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 15 ................................................Kenton Ridge (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16 ........................................................Shawnee (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 27 ..................................................Davidson JV (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 18 ................................................@ Northwestern (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 22 ..............................................@ Jonathan Alder (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23 ......................................................Tecumseh (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 25..................................................@ Bellefontaine (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 30............................................................Urbana (4:30 p.m.)<br />

May 2 ................................................@ Hilliard Bradley (4:30 p.m.)<br />

May 3..................................................West Jefferson (4:30 p.m.)<br />

Deeann, Ty, Tina<br />

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

London High School’s girls’ track: (front row, from left) Riley Colestock, Molly Weese, Carly Ramey, Elanna Kotsko,<br />

Alana Sells, Kassie Patterson; (second row) Jaylyn Lickliter, Rachel Jackman, Natalie Dulin, Lily Pollock,<br />

Bailey Colestock, Cora Markley, Tori Jones; (third row) Andria Pollazek, Sydney Powell, Katelyn Duvall, Cameron<br />

Markley, Haley Wirgau, Natalie Newton, Naudia Garrett, Kyleigh Madaj; (fourth row) Lily Patterson, Lilly Lohrer,<br />

Gracie Howe, Ashley Nolan, Baileigh Robinson, Lillian Finke, Carlee Mason; (back row) coaches Jessica Hines,<br />

Mike Wilson, Dave Stewart, Andy Crawford, Joe Montoya, and Devin Clark.


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London High School’s<br />

baseball team: (front<br />

row, from left) Braxton<br />

Brown, Braden Collins,<br />

Braeden Jeter, Mikey<br />

Landis, Kyle Bell,<br />

Carter Blakeway, Clayton<br />

Scaggs; (second<br />

row) Cuyler Greenhill,<br />

Noah Fellure, Cody<br />

Wheeler, Andrew Wilson,<br />

Logan Weiner,<br />

Colin Nickell; (back<br />

row) Luke Thompson,<br />

Jack McCoy, Assistant<br />

Coach Mike Orahood,<br />

Head Coach Mike<br />

Amen, and Assistant<br />

Coach Paul Stonerock.<br />

LONDON RED RAIDERS<br />

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

London High School’s tennis team: (front row, from left) Landyn Hensel, Rylan Nolan,<br />

Bryce Tinney, Brian Akers, Lukah McKenzie; (second row) Jude Salyer, Isaac Capell,<br />

Alex Homan, Jacob Adkins, Zac Wall, WIll Kerry; (third row) Lily Beyer, Collyn White,<br />

Aidan Cooney, Cade Spring, Josie Ruble; (back row) Coach Alisha Nolan, Garek Logue,<br />

Ethan Davitt, Jonah Thoman, Isaiah Capell, and Coach Roy Greenlee.<br />

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

London High School’s varsity softball team: (front row, from left) Brooklyn Powell, Macy<br />

Baker, Josie Cover, Hallie Becknell; (second row) Emilie Shepherd, Sam Webb, Lilly<br />

Gravely, Avery Kaup, Hannah Case; (third row) Sophie Alt, Gwyn Wieber, Jacey Peters,<br />

Rylyn Helton; (back row) Assistant Coach Cassie Crawford, Head Coach Shane Crawford,<br />

and Assistant Coach Dan Doggett. Not pictured: Addison Sims.<br />

Good Luck...<br />

to all l <strong>Madison</strong> County Spring Athletes!<br />

London Softball<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9 ......................@ Urbana (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 10......................Urbana (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 11 ............<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains (7 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 12 ..........Northwestern (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 15 ..........Kenton Ridge (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16 ........Buckeye Valley (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 17 ..........@ Kenton Ridge (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 18..............@ Miami Trace (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 19 ..................Shawnee (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 22............Bellefontaine (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23 ..................Westland (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 24 ............@ Bellefontaine (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 25............Northeastern (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26 ....................@ Graham (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 29 ........@ Jonathan Alder (5:15 p.m.)<br />

May 1 ................Jonathan Alder (7 p.m.)<br />

May 2 ....................Lakewood (5:15 p.m.)<br />

May 3..........@ Benjamin Logan (5:15 p.m.)<br />

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MADISON-PLAINS GOLDEN EAGLES<br />

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Mullins, Mattalyn Long; (second row) Rylie Craig, Abigail Lindsey,<br />

Mackenzie Reeves, Sierra Wall, Carly Kelly, Tara Nagel; (back row)<br />

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<strong>April</strong> 6..........................East Clinton (11 a.m./1 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9 ................................@ Catholic Central (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 10 ..............................Catholic Central (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 11 ............................................@ London (7 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 12..................................................Triad (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 15 ..........................................@ Greenon (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16 ..........................................Greenon (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 18 ..................................Bishop Ready (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 19 ........................................@ Fairbanks (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 20 ..............................................@ Elgin (11 a.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 20 ................................................@ Elgin (1 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 22 ..................................Southeastern (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23 ..................................@ Southeastern (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 24 ......................................@ Wilmington (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26 ................................West Jefferson (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 29 ................................@ Mechanicsburg (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 30....................................Northeastern (5 p.m.)<br />

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<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Baseball<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9..............@ Catholic Central (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 10 ..........Catholic Central (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 11East Clinton @ VA Stadium (7 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 12 ................................Triad (5:00)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 15 ......................@ Grennon (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16........................Greenon (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 18Miami Trace @ VA Stadium (7 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 19 ....................@ Fairbanks (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 22 ..............Southeastern (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23................@ Southeastern (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26 ............West Jefferson (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 29 ............@ Mechanicsburg (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 30 ................Northeastern (5 p.m.)<br />

May 2 ........Grandview Heights (5 p.m.)<br />

May 4 ............................Westfall (9 a.m.)<br />

May 4 ........<strong>Madison</strong> Christian (11 a.m.)<br />

May 6 ....................@ Greeneview (5 p.m.)<br />

May 7......................Greeneview (5 p.m.)<br />

May 9 ........Shekinah Christian (5 p.m.)<br />

MADISON-PLAINS GOLDEN EAGLES<br />

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

Boys’ and Girls’ Track<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9 ..............OHC South Division Meet<br />

@ Greeneview (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 13 ..............................@ Teays Valley<br />

Invitational (9 a.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16 ..............................@ Miami Trace<br />

Tri-Meet (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 19 ....................@ Trotwood <strong>Madison</strong><br />

Invitational (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23@ West Jefferson Dual (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26........................Ranger Invitational<br />

@ Hamilton Township (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 30..................<strong>Madison</strong> County Quad<br />

@ London (4:30 p.m.)<br />

May 3 ..............................@ Northeastern<br />

Invitational (4:30 p.m.)<br />

May 6 ..............Ohio Heritage Conference<br />

Championship Prelims<br />

@ West Liberty Salem (4:30 p.m.)<br />

May 9 ..............Ohio Heritage Conference<br />

Championship Finals<br />

@ West Liberty Salem (4:30 p.m.)<br />

Photo courtesy of HR Imaging<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains High School’s baseball team: (front row, from left) Brandon Scheiderer, Bransen Dillon, A.J. Samuel, Maverick Webb,<br />

Brayden Evans; (second row) Cliffton Estep, Anthony Carter, Linson Bolin, Colby Stoughton, Paul Madden, Brody George; (back row)<br />

Gavin Kaminski, Head Coach Travis Rinehart, Assistant Coach Lave Delay, Assistant Coach Sean Pollock, and Payton Pollock.<br />

Photo courtesy of HR Imaging<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains High<br />

School’s girls’ track:<br />

(front row, from left)<br />

Olivia Williams, Svetlana<br />

Daniels, Grace Kingery,<br />

Elizabeth Salyers, Kiana<br />

Gabler; (second row)<br />

Monica Spergin, Maggie<br />

Wethington, Fenja<br />

Berner, Audrey Compton,<br />

Addison Hawkins, Mallorie<br />

Ruzicka; (back row)<br />

Assistant Coach Chris<br />

Kingery, Olivia Laubensheimer,<br />

Claire Mason,<br />

Sadie Mason, Cressa<br />

Williams, Ashley<br />

Hawkins, and Head<br />

Coach Ashley Meade.<br />

Photo courtesy of HR Imaging<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains High<br />

School’s boys’ track:<br />

(front row, from left)<br />

John Crites, Zavier<br />

Mayabb, Drake Goings,<br />

Jackson Wells,<br />

Sanpakorn Sriha;<br />

(second row) Keegan<br />

Riffle, Tate<br />

Gabler, Talon<br />

Doughty-Candelaria,<br />

Lincoln Hunt; (back<br />

row) Head Coach<br />

Jason Hunt, Tyler<br />

Wall, M.J. Hamm,<br />

Trevor Hardin, and<br />

Assistant Coach<br />

Paul Bryant.


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West Jefferson<br />

Softball<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9 ..@ West Liberty Salem (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 11 ........Bishop Ready (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 12 ..............@ Cedarville (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 13 ..West Liberty Salem (11 a.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 15 ......................@ Triad (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16 ........................Triad (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 17......Mechanicsburg (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 19 ............Greeneview (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 22................Fairbanks (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23 ....Delaware Hayes (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 24 ..............@ Fairbanks (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26 ......@ <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 29 ..........................Southeastern -<br />

senior night (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 30 ................@ Greenon (5:15 p.m.)<br />

May 1 ................@ Olentangy (5:15 p.m.)<br />

May 3............@ Bloom Carroll (5:30 p.m.)<br />

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WEST JEFFERSON ROUGHRIDERS<br />

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

West Jefferson High School’s varsity softball team: (front row, from left) Alyssa Heskett, Lacy Dunigan, Audrey Oyster, Maddie Carruthers,<br />

Kimberly Warnock, Hailey McBrayer, Payton Curry; (back row) Coach Tony Caldwell, Jenna Mannon, Emma Trein, Railee Caldwell,<br />

Lexi Swaney, Kassie Simmons, Payton Kincade, Zoey Brown, and Head Coach Jim Stevens.<br />

West Jefferson<br />

Boys’ and Girls’ Track<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9 ....Ohio Heritage Conference North<br />

@ West Liberty Salem<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16....................................@ Greenon<br />

<strong>April</strong> 20 ......@ Hamilton Township (9 a.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23 ..............<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Duals<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26 ............@ Mechanicsburg (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 30 ..................<strong>Madison</strong> County Quad<br />

@ London<br />

May 3 ..............................@ Northeastern<br />

May 6 ..Ohio Heritage Conference Prelims<br />

@ West Liberty Salem<br />

May 9 ....Ohio Heritage Conference Finals<br />

@ West Liberty Salem<br />

West Jefferson<br />

Tennis<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9 ................@ Beechcroft (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 10....................................@ Hamilton<br />

Township (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 11 ..................................Cedarville<br />

@ London (4 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16 ..........@ Northeastern (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 17 ........@ Buckeye Valley (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 18 ....................<strong>Madison</strong> Christian<br />

@ London (4:45 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 20 ......@ <strong>Madison</strong> Christian (10 a.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23 ............@ Greeneview (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26..................@ Greenon (4:30 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 29 ..............................Bishop Hartley<br />

@ Wolfe Park (3 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 30....................@ Grandview (4 p.m.)<br />

May 1 ................................Northeastern<br />

@ London (4 p.m.)<br />

May 2 ......................@ Urbana (4:30 p.m.)<br />

May 3 ..........................@ London (4 p.m.)<br />

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

West Jefferson High School’s track team: (front row, from left) Coach Austin McLean, Marissah Lemaster, Hayden Lamoreaux, Leanna<br />

Kovalchik, Jacob Brown, Jason Elfrink, Sam Peters; (second row) Ella Hostetler, Eros Brumfield, Doug Fosdick, Sam Messer, Ethan<br />

Roberts, Colton Lemaster, Easton Shafer, Maryn Roberts; (back row) Ryan Walters, Laz Noble, Russell Eberhardt, Tucker Phipps, Phil<br />

Kocher, and Colt Conner. Not pictured: Will Workman, Santino Carnevale, Macy Green, Tay Noble, and Evan Miller.<br />

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

West Jefferson High School’s tennis team: (front row, from left) Coach Kirklen Shedlock, Isabella Brown, Luke Curry, Charles Stephens,<br />

Christian Greene, Presley Adkins, Bob Blanchard, Jeffrey Thirtyacre, Coach Brad Roe; (second row) Grace Kronk, Allison Vaught,<br />

Austyn Cordle, Zoe Slone, Arianna Frybarger, Mia Campbell, Brooke Raver, Katie Stephens, Austin Darlington; (back row) Jaylen Poe,<br />

Kacy Kuebler, Nancy Gantner, Charlie Kitchen, Wyatt Keyt, Lilly Johnson, Mitchell Peters, Meeya Walton, and Ella Farrand.


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Baseball<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9 ......@ West Liberty Salem (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 10 ....West Liberty Salem (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 12 ....................@ Cedarville (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 13........Newark Catholic (12 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 15 ............................@ Triad (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16 ............................Triad (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 17Worthington Christian (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 19..................Greeneview (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 22 ....................Fairbanks (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23 ....................@ Fairbanks (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26............@ <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 27........@ Washington C.H. (12 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 29 ..............Southeastern (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 30 ......................@ Greenon (5 p.m.)<br />

May 4 ....................@ Lakewood (12 p.m.)<br />

May 6 ..............@ Mechanicsburg (5 p.m.)<br />

May 7 ..............Mechanicsburg (5 p.m.)<br />

May 10..@ Hamilton Township (5:15 p.m.)<br />

WEST JEFFERSON ROUGHRIDERS<br />

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

West Jefferson High School’s baseball team: (from left) Brody York, Zack Oyster, Nate<br />

Godinez, Brent Heiser, Ayden Cordle; (second row) Coach Rick Oyster, Brodie Quinn,<br />

Ethan Friessen, Nick Fitzpatrick, Brett Bogenrife, Blake Bogenrife, Colt Kincade, Head<br />

Coach Jason Bogenrife, Coach Dennis Boyd; (back row) Jaden Davis, Carson Pearson,<br />

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SPRING<br />

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Southeastern<br />

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<strong>April</strong> 9 ............................................................@ Greenon (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 10......................................................@ Waynesville (6 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 12 ........................................West Liberty Salem (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 15 ........................................................@ Cedarville (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16 ........................................................Cedarville (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 19 ................................................................@ Triad (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 20 ....................................................Miami East (11 a.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 22 ................................................@ <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23................................................<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 24 ......................................Emmanuel Christian (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 25............................................@ Springfield School (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26 ........................................................Fairbanks (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 27 ..........................Legacy Christian Academy (11 a.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 29 ................................................@ West Jefferson (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 30................................................Mechanicsburg (5 p.m.)<br />

May 2 ..........................................................@ London (6:30 p.m.)<br />

May 3 ..............................................................Greenon (5 p.m.)<br />

May 6..................................................Catholic Central (5 p.m.)<br />

May 7..................................................@ Catholic Central (5 p.m.)<br />

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Zach McKee, Cody Clark; (second row) Tad Griffin, Cole Walton, Kyle Adkins, Brennan Workman, Jacob Alderson;<br />

(back row) Ryan Corbitt, Landon Mayabb, Eli Goodbar, Chase Erskine, and Aaron Brown.<br />

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<strong>April</strong> 9 ............................................@ Greenon (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 11 ......................................Springifeld (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 12 ........................West Liberty Salem (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 15 ........................................@ Cedarvile (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16 ........................................Cedarville (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 19 ................................................@ Triad (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 22 ..............................@ <strong>Madison</strong>-Plains (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23 ..............................<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26 ........................................Fairbanks (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 29............................@ West Jefferson (5:15 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 30 ..............................Mechanicsburg (5 p.m.)<br />

May 1 ..............................................Greenon (5 p.m.)<br />

May 2 ....................................@ Tecumseh (5:15 p.m.)


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Southeastern Track<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9 OHC South @ Greeneview (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 13................@ Waynesville (10 a.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 16 ......@ Northeastern Quad (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23 ................................Clark County<br />

Championships @ Shawnee (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26 @ Mechanicsburg Relays (5 p.m.)<br />

<strong>April</strong> 29 ..@ Northeastern Tri-Meet (5 p.m.)<br />

May 6 ..............................OHC Prelims @<br />

West Liberty Salem (5 p.m.)<br />

May 9..................................OHC Finals @<br />

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South Charleston news<br />

Houston Library events<br />

Houston Library is located at 5 W.<br />

Jamestown St., South Charleston. For details<br />

about events and programming, call<br />

(937) 462-8047.<br />

• Poetry Activity Bag. In celebration of<br />

National Poetry Month, pick up an activity<br />

bag containing a journal and mood pencil,<br />

while supplies last.<br />

• Sewing Classes. By appointment only.<br />

Instructor Connie Andrews is available to<br />

teach basic machine and hand-sewing skills<br />

so that participants can complete a simple<br />

project to take home. Anyone who has already<br />

taken classes at the library can schedule<br />

an appointment to learn more. Have<br />

your own portable sewing machine but don’t<br />

know how to use it? Schedule an appointment<br />

with Connie.<br />

Classes are free and open to adults,<br />

teenagers, and children ages 9-12 with a<br />

parent or caregiver present with each child.<br />

The library provides supplies and sewing<br />

machines, or you can bring your own machine.<br />

Each adult participant must sign a<br />

waiver before participating in the first class.<br />

Children and teenagers must have a parent<br />

sign the waiver. Call the library branch<br />

manager at (937) 462-8047 to schedule an<br />

appointment.<br />

• Yoga for Beginners. This class for<br />

adults is taking place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays<br />

in March (plan to arrive a few minutes<br />

early). Most poses will include modification<br />

options for various fitness levels. Participants<br />

must sign waivers before participating<br />

in the first class. Connie Andrews, a library<br />

staff member (not a certified<br />

instructor), will lead the class. Participants<br />

should wear loose-fitting clothing and bring<br />

a mat or a couple of large towels.<br />

• Busy Bookworms Storytime. This storytime<br />

for ages 2 and older takes place at 11<br />

a.m. Thursdays through May 9. Toddlers<br />

and preschoolers are introduced to books,<br />

rhymes, music, and crafts.<br />

• Lego Club. The club meets 3:30-4:30<br />

p.m. <strong>April</strong> 22 and May 13. The club is open<br />

to school-age children. The library provides<br />

the Legos. Creations remain on display at<br />

the library between sessions.<br />

• Line Dancing for Beginners. Dance instructor<br />

Connie Andrews will teach basic<br />

steps to a variety of music genres at 6:30 p.m.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 11. The class is open to adults only.<br />

• Mobile Mammogram Unit. Appointments<br />

are available on <strong>April</strong> 16 between<br />

9:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Call (937) 523-9332<br />

to make an appointment. Walk-in availability<br />

will be determined by the number of prescheduled<br />

participants.<br />

• Earth Day Activity Bag. Stop by the library<br />

<strong>April</strong> 22 to pick up this kit containing<br />

a cat grass caterpillar craft, while supplies<br />

last. For ages 5-12.<br />

• Blood Drive. A blood drive is set for<br />

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West Jefferson and London mayors deliver meals<br />

To mark the 52nd anniversary of the<br />

Older Americans Act Nutrition Program,<br />

LifeCare Alliance set aside the week of<br />

March 18-22 for its annual March For Meals<br />

campaign. West Jefferson Mayor Ray Martin<br />

and London Mayor Patrick J. Closser delivered<br />

meals to seniors in their<br />

communities during the campaign.<br />

March For Meals is a nationally organized<br />

effort calling attention to the importance<br />

of Meals-On-Wheels home meal<br />

delivery and daily wellness checks for older<br />

adults.<br />

In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed<br />

into law a measure amending the Older<br />

Americans Act of 1965 to include a national<br />

nutrition program for seniors. This legislation<br />

supported the rapid growth of the nationwide<br />

network of senior nutrition<br />

programs commonly referred to as Meals on<br />

Wheels. The Older Americans Act Nutrition<br />

Program is the only federally supported program<br />

designed to address both senior<br />

hunger and isolation.<br />

LifeCare Alliance is the Meals-On-<br />

Wheels program for five central Ohio counties,<br />

including <strong>Madison</strong> County, serving<br />

more than 6,000 meals a day. During March<br />

For Meals, the agency brings this critical<br />

mission to the attention of local influencers<br />

and stakeholders to make sure this work<br />

continues to be supported at local, state, and<br />

federal levels.<br />

Demand for home meal delivery in central<br />

Ohio has risen as high as 87 percent<br />

above pre-pandemic numbers, and LifeCare<br />

Alliance is still able to operate without a<br />

waiting list, thanks partially to the support<br />

of these leaders.<br />

“After the pandemic, seniors are more<br />

isolated than ever,” said Charles Gehring,<br />

president and CEO of LifeCare Alliance.<br />

“Some days, our delivery drivers and volunteers<br />

are the only human contact our clients<br />

have. That’s why our services are essential<br />

to both the physical and mental health and<br />

well-being of seniors, and they prove that<br />

being there matters.”<br />

LifeCare Alliance offers multiple familyfriendly<br />

opportunities for individuals and<br />

companies to get involved as volunteers,<br />

ranging from one-time group opportunities<br />

to its adopt-a-route program. For a volunteer<br />

application or information on how to<br />

make a donation to the organization, visit<br />

www.lifecarealliance.org or call Volunteer<br />

Services at (614) 444-6325.<br />

Plain City and Legion<br />

debut banner program<br />

West Jefferson Mayor Ray Martin (right)<br />

delivers a meal to a LifeCare Alliance<br />

Meals on Wheels client.<br />

London Mayor Pat Closser (left) delivers a<br />

meal to a LifeCare Alliance Meals on<br />

Wheels client.<br />

The village of Plain City, in partnership<br />

with American Legion Post 248, announces<br />

the launch of the Plain City Military Heroes<br />

Banner Program. This program offers individuals<br />

or organizations the opportunity to<br />

purchase special banners to honor Plain<br />

City military heroes. The cost is $75 per<br />

banner.<br />

Each full-color banner will prominently<br />

feature the honoree’s name, branch of service,<br />

years of service, and a photograph. The<br />

banners will be displayed on streetlight<br />

poles throughout the Uptown District during<br />

patriotic holidays, such as Memorial<br />

Day and Veterans Day. Eligible honorees<br />

include veterans, active duty, or reserve<br />

members of all military branches who currently<br />

or have previously resided within the<br />

village of Plain City.<br />

In light of limited pole availability, applications<br />

will be accepted until <strong>April</strong> 30, <strong>2024</strong>,<br />

or until spaces are filled. Interested individuals<br />

can find additional information, including<br />

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This is a sample of the Military Heroes<br />

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Summer reading support<br />

Steve Brindza (left), director of Mount Sterling Public Library,<br />

accepts a donation from Wesley Pierce, commander of Mount<br />

Sterling’s American Legion Post 417, to help fund the library’s<br />

upcoming summer reading program.<br />

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The purpose of the Academic Hall of Fame is to recognize<br />

individuals who have made an important, positive<br />

impact upon the school, local community, or global<br />

community. The individual must have attended a school<br />

in the London City School District, been employed by<br />

the school district, worked as a volunteer in the school<br />

CASTO<br />

David Lynn Casto, 75, of Galloway, Ohio, died on<br />

March 22, <strong>2024</strong>, in Riverside Methodist Hospital,<br />

Columbus, with his daughters by his side. Born on Aug.<br />

7, 1948, in McArthur, Ohio, he was a son of Granville<br />

Leon Casto and Frankie Marie (Callihan) Casto.<br />

David started his career as a history teacher before<br />

becoming a dispatcher for both railroad and trucking<br />

companies. He loved being outdoors at every possible<br />

opportunity, and some of his favorite activities included<br />

hunting, fishing, and golfing. David also enjoyed attending<br />

auctions with his brother. An avid gun collector,<br />

David had a passion for acquiring and selling antique<br />

arms. David was the definition of a selfless man, and to<br />

say he was giving was an understatement. He routinely<br />

would donate to various charities and organizations devoted<br />

to land conservation, particularly Ducks Unlimited<br />

and Pheasants Forever. Above all, David was the<br />

rock of his family and always made sure that his girls<br />

knew how much love he loved them.<br />

He leaves behind: daughters, Margaret (Douglas)<br />

Case and Catherine (Brandon) Smith; grandchildren,<br />

Alexxa Casto, Sienna Casto, Remington “Max” Casto,<br />

Hannah Case, Delano Smith, Wesson Smith, and Charlie<br />

Smith; great-grandchildren, Ajay, Amelia, and one<br />

on the way; several nieces and nephews; sister-in-law,<br />

Debbie Casto; daughter-in-law, Lori Casto; and beloved<br />

four-legged companion, Cooper.<br />

David was preceded in death by: his parents; wife,<br />

Rose Marie (Jones) Casto; son, Richard Casto; and<br />

brother, Gregory Casto.<br />

A graveside service was held on <strong>April</strong> 2 in Vinton Memorial<br />

Cemetery, Vinton, Ohio.<br />

Memorials in David’s name may be sent to benefit<br />

Pheasants Forever online at<br />

www.pheasantsforever.org/donate.<br />

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

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

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

KERN<br />

Ronald Edward Kern, 80, of London, Ohio, died on<br />

March 25, <strong>2024</strong>, at home surrounded by his loving family.<br />

Born on March 12, 1944, in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was<br />

a son of Rawley Kern and Marie Josephine (Grove)<br />

Kern.<br />

Ron married the love of his life, Linda (Armstrong),<br />

on Nov. 26, 1963, and together they raised four sons:<br />

Jeffrey, Ronald, Russell, and Richard. He began his career<br />

as a truck driver in 1977 to which he devoted many<br />

years. Additionally, Ron had been a volunteer fireman<br />

for Bloom Township in Lithopolis, Ohio, prior relocating<br />

to central Ohio. He then worked for Central Townships<br />

Fire Department and later retired as a lieutenant. A<br />

man of strong faith, Ron also served as a deacon for<br />

Fountain of Truth Ministries in London.<br />

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district, or in some other direct way made a significant<br />

contribution to the academic success of the schools in<br />

the district or other educational institutions.<br />

Nominations for the Academic Hall of Fame may be<br />

made by anyone connected to the London community.<br />

Nomination applications are available at the London<br />

High School office and at London Public Library. Applications<br />

must be turned in to the London High School<br />

principal’s office by May 1, <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

He leaves behind: his beloved wife of 60 years, Linda<br />

Kern; sons, Jeffery (James Welch) Kern of Port Orange,<br />

Florida, Ronald Eugene (Heather) Kern of Waynesville,<br />

Ohio, and Richard (Dianna) Kern of Sevierville, Tennessee;<br />

grandchildren, Stephen (Teia) Kern, Adam<br />

Perkins, Austin Perkins; great-grandchildren, Addison<br />

Kern and Owen Kern.<br />

Ron was preceded in death by: his parents; son, Russell<br />

Kern; and granddaughter, Alicia Kern.<br />

Visitation and a memorial service were held on<br />

March 30 in Fountain of Truth Ministries with Pastor<br />

Tyrone Artis officiating. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery,<br />

Georgesville, will be completed at a later date.<br />

Memorials in Ron’s name may be sent to benefit<br />

Fountain of Truth Ministries.<br />

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

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

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

SPENCER<br />

Reverend Edward Spencer, 98,<br />

of London, Ohio, died on March<br />

25, <strong>2024</strong>, in his residence, surrounded<br />

by his loving family.<br />

Born on May 21, 1925, in Flemington,<br />

New Jersey, he was a son<br />

of John F. and Anna (Lair)<br />

Spencer.<br />

For 47.5 years, Rev. Spencer<br />

was a professor of language and<br />

literature at Cedarville University,<br />

and following retirement he<br />

Rev. Spencer<br />

continued to substitute teach for 10 years in the Clark<br />

County school system. Cedarville University was truly<br />

the light of his life after devoting almost 50 years of<br />

service. He had a deep love for the school and would<br />

light up when anyone would bring it up in conversation.<br />

An ordained minister serving as interim pastor at several<br />

area churches, he was a longtime member of Dayton<br />

Avenue Baptist Church in Xenia.<br />

Survivors include: his children, Kathy Spencer of<br />

NC, Debbie (Marion) Vallery of London and Bruce<br />

Spencer of Springfield; grandsons, Matthew (Alyssa)<br />

Spencer and David Spencer; great-grandchildren, Sebastian,<br />

Honour, Alex, and Sophie Spencer. He was preceded<br />

in death by his wife Dorothy in 2004.<br />

Visitation and funeral services were held on March<br />

28 in Dayton Avenue Baptist Church with Pastor Jon<br />

Young officiating. Interment followed in North Cemetery,<br />

Cedarville.<br />

Memorials in Rev. Spencer’s name may be made to<br />

benefit Cedarville University online at<br />

www.cedarville.edu/give, or by mail at 251 N. Main St.,<br />

Cedarville, OH 45314.<br />

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

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

shared online at www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.


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library events<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 />

• Guess the Number of Lids. Stop by the<br />

library this month to guess the number of<br />

lids in the jar for a chance to win an ecofriendly<br />

prize. Jars and prizes are stationed<br />

in the children’s room, teen area, and circulation<br />

desk.<br />

• Summer Reading T-Shirt Contest. Library<br />

patrons are invited to submit designs<br />

for this year’s Summer Reading Program t-<br />

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

<strong>April</strong> 30. Rules can be found on the library’s<br />

website or at the library.<br />

• Toddler Time. Ages 0-3 are invited to<br />

engage in stories, songs, and finger-plays<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9, 10-10:30 a.m.<br />

• Preschool Storytime. Ages 3-6 are invited<br />

to engage in stories, songs, fingerplays,<br />

and a weekly letter activity on <strong>April</strong><br />

9, 11-11:45 a.m. Pre-schoolers can practice<br />

the alphabet with a letter activity after the<br />

regular storytime.<br />

• Paws for Reading. Register your child<br />

for a 10-minute time slot to read a story to<br />

Emma, a certified therapy dog. Have a book<br />

picked out ahead of time. Time slots are<br />

available <strong>April</strong> 9 between 6 and 7 p.m.<br />

• Book Club. The group will meet on<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9 at 7 p.m. to discuss “Practical Magic”<br />

by Alice Hoffman. Later this month, the library<br />

will show the movie “Practical Magic.”<br />

The book club meets the second Tuesday of<br />

each month.<br />

• Kindergarten Club. Children ages 3-6<br />

years old are invited to practice the alphabet<br />

and motor skills to prepare for kindergarten<br />

on <strong>April</strong> 11, 6:30-7:15 p.m.<br />

• Junior Gardeners. On <strong>April</strong> 13 from 3<br />

to 4 p.m., Heather and Todd from Rock Dove<br />

Farm of London young children how to get<br />

involved with gardening. This program is<br />

for children ages 3 and older and their caregivers.<br />

Participants will get to transplant<br />

seedlings from small pots to larger pots and<br />

take the seedlings home.<br />

• Monster Jam Reading Program.<br />

Through <strong>April</strong> 27, children ages 2-12 can<br />

earn a free ticket to Monster Jam, happening<br />

<strong>April</strong> 26-27, just by reading five books.<br />

Participants must pick up a reading voucher<br />

at the library and have it stamped by library<br />

staff. It is only valid for show times listed on<br />

the back of the voucher. Reading vouchers<br />

may only be redeemed at Schottenstein<br />

Center prior to the performance date. A free<br />

ticket comes with the purchase of a fullpriced<br />

adult ticket.<br />

• Ringling Bros. Reading Program.<br />

Through May 11, children ages 2-12 can<br />

earn a free ticket to Ringling Bros. and Barnum<br />

& Bailey, happening May 10-12, just<br />

by reading five books. Participants must<br />

pick up a reading voucher at the library and<br />

have it stamped by library staff. It is only<br />

valid for show times listed on the back of the<br />

voucher. Reading vouchers may only be redeemed<br />

at Schottenstein Center prior to the<br />

performance date. A free ticket comes with<br />

the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket.<br />

• Technology Help Sessions. Have<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

day by appointment only.<br />

HBMLibrary<br />

Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library is located<br />

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

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

hbmlibrary.org.<br />

• Storytime. Wednesdays and Friday at<br />

10:30 a.m.<br />

• Bookmark Contest. The library is<br />

hosting this contest in coordination with its<br />

upcoming Family Summer Reading Program.<br />

Submissions are due by <strong>April</strong> 30. Call<br />

or visit the library for details.<br />

• Board Meeting. The library board will<br />

meet on <strong>April</strong> 9 at 6 p.m. For details, contact<br />

Director Chris Siscoe at csiscoe@hbmlibrary.org.<br />

• Herb Garden Programs to Go. Kits are<br />

available to pick up starting <strong>April</strong> 15, while<br />

supplies last. They are appropriate for ages<br />

4 years old through adults.<br />

• Prom Dress Drive. A free selection of<br />

prom dresses, suits, and accessories are<br />

available for students in the library lobby.<br />

Donations of new or gently used dresses are<br />

accepted at the information desk.<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. 10:30 a.m. Mondays for<br />

ages 2-5 years old. (There will be no storytime<br />

on <strong>April</strong> 8.)<br />

• Friends of the Library. The group will<br />

meet at 6:30 p.m. <strong>April</strong> 9 in the library. New<br />

members are always welcome.<br />

• Library Board Meeting. The board will<br />

meet at 6:15 p.m. <strong>April</strong> 11, immediately following<br />

the Mount Sterling Community Museum<br />

meeting. Meetings are open to the<br />

public and are held in the library’s community<br />

room on the lower-level floor of B2. To<br />

be added to the agenda, reach out to the library<br />

director, Steve Brindza, by calling<br />

(740) 869-2430.<br />

• <strong>April</strong> Painting Event at the Library.<br />

The Friends of the Library will host a canvas<br />

painting event for the first time at the<br />

library. The event is set for 2-5 p.m. <strong>April</strong><br />

21. Admission is $35 per person and includes<br />

all supplies. Snacks and refreshments<br />

will be available for a donation. All<br />

proceeds benefit library programs, events,<br />

activities, materials, equipment, supplies,<br />

updates, and more. Register by texting or<br />

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

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

will discuss “The Vanishing Half’” by Brit<br />

Bennett on <strong>April</strong> 25 at 7 p.m. at the Alkire<br />

home, 175 W. Columbus St., Mt. Sterling.<br />

Refreshments will be served, and a game or<br />

activity will happen after the discussion. No<br />

RSVP required. The club is open to adult<br />

men and women.<br />

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

City” (PG-13) on <strong>April</strong> 29 at 6:30 p.m. on<br />

the library’s big screen. Doors open at 6:30<br />

p.m. Ladies only are invited to RSVP by<br />

calling the library or texting Melissa at<br />

(614) 315-7939. Seating is limited. Pizza,<br />

popcorn, cold drinks, and flavored coffees<br />

are provided. Bring a potluck dish to share.<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.<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 />

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

<strong>April</strong> 8 for the total solar eclipse.<br />

• Bedtime Storytime. Join the library for<br />

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

kit starting <strong>April</strong> 12 while supplies last.<br />

Learn the Japanese art of paper marbling.<br />

• LEGO Building Club. The group will<br />

meet <strong>April</strong> 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.<br />

• All Ages Storytime. Children ages 6<br />

and younger are invited to enjoy stories,<br />

rhymes, songs, and learning activities <strong>April</strong><br />

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Memorial Day Parade<br />

The South Solon Community Organization<br />

will hold a Memorial Day parade at 2<br />

p.m. May 27 to honor fallen soldiers for<br />

their commitment to the country and their<br />

legacy of patriotism and sacrifice. The<br />

Springfield detachment of the Marine Corps<br />

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

<strong>Madison</strong>-Plains Marching Band led by<br />

Shannon Cole. The parade will step off from<br />

Community Park and progress to South<br />

Solon Cemetery where a short ceremony<br />

will take place. Mayor Joseph Haney will<br />

recognize veteran Michelle Sullivan as the<br />

parade grand marshal. Rev. Bill Benner will<br />

speak. The Marines will perform a 21-gun<br />

salute and “Taps.”<br />

Clothes Closet in<br />

Mount Sterling<br />

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

Mount Sterling, is back with its Clothes<br />

Closet on <strong>April</strong> 26-27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.,<br />

weather permitting. Anyone is welcome to<br />

stop by the church garage for free men’s,<br />

women’s, and children’s clothing. Donations<br />

are welcome.<br />

Invasive Species Workshop<br />

Learn how to identify and manage invasive<br />

plant and insect species at a workshop<br />

set for <strong>April</strong> 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the<br />

Gwynne Conservation Area, 640 Arbuckle<br />

Rd., London. Brock Sehen from the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

Soil and Water Conservation District and<br />

Amanda Dourida from OSU Extension<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County are the presenters.<br />

The workshop is free for Master Gardener<br />

volunteers and interns. The cost for<br />

all others is $10. Pre-registration and prepayment<br />

are required. Visit<br />

go.osu.edu/<strong>2024</strong>invasivespeciesmanagement<br />

or call (740) 852-0875 for details.<br />

Developmental Disabilities<br />

Board Meeting<br />

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

Disabilities will hold their monthly<br />

meeting on <strong>April</strong> 18 at 4 p.m. at the administrative<br />

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

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

and rescheduled, it would take place on<br />

<strong>April</strong> 25.<br />

Women and Wine<br />

Junior Achievement of <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

will host its annual “Women and Wine”<br />

fundraiser on <strong>April</strong> 25, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.<br />

at London City Hall, 20 S. Walnut St.<br />

Guests will enjoy wine and heavy hors<br />

d’oeuvres, meet inspiring women, and support<br />

Junior Achievement through silent and<br />

live auctions, raffles, and more.<br />

Junior Achievement provides practical<br />

training to students in financial literacy,<br />

work readiness, and entrepreneurship. The<br />

organization’s mission is to prepare young<br />

people for economic success. Junior Achievement<br />

programs are delivered to students at<br />

no cost to the schools or parents.<br />

Tickets to “Women and Wine” are $45<br />

per person or $315 for a table of eight and<br />

can be purchased online at<br />

https://madriver.ja.org/events. London<br />

Mayor Pat Closser will serve as auctioneer<br />

for the evening. For more information, call<br />

(937) 323-4725, ext. 10.<br />

Plain City Events<br />

For more information about the following<br />

events, contact the Plain City Parks and<br />

Recreation Department by calling (614) 873-<br />

3527, ext. 118, or visiting the department’s<br />

Facebook page.<br />

• Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration—<br />

<strong>April</strong> 22, 4-7 p.m., at Pastime Park. A tree<br />

giveaway is planned.<br />

• ODNR/COSI Bio Blitz—Explore Big<br />

Darby Creek on May 3, 6-8 p.m., at McKitrick<br />

Park.<br />

• Opening Day—The Plain City Area Ball<br />

Association gets the season rolling on May<br />

4 at Pastime Park. A parade is slated for 10<br />

a.m.<br />

• Aquatic Center opens—May 25 at Pastime<br />

Park.<br />

• Memorial Day—An observance is set for<br />

May 27 and includes a parade at 10 a.m.<br />

• Bluegrass & BBQ—June 1, 12-8 p.m.,<br />

at Pastime Park.<br />

• Storytime in the Park—June 5, June 12,<br />

June 19, and June 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in<br />

the south shelter at Pastime Park.<br />

• Ice Cream with a Farmer—June 8, 2-4<br />

p.m., at Pastime Park.<br />

• Music in the Park—June 9, June 16,<br />

June 23, and June 30 at 7 p.m. at Pastime<br />

Park.<br />

• Touch a Truck—June 14, 5-8 p.m., at<br />

Pastime Park.<br />

• Fly with Falcons—June 28, 6-8 p.m., in<br />

the south shelter at Pastime Park.<br />

• Safety Town—June 24-27, 10 a.m.-12<br />

p.m. at Plain City Elementary, for incoming<br />

kindergarteners.<br />

Child Abuse Prevention<br />

Carnival<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Children’s Services is<br />

hostings its annual Child Abuse Prevention<br />

Carnival on <strong>April</strong> 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the<br />

Coughlin Building at the <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Fairgrounds, 205 Elm St., London. The free<br />

event features games, prizes, door prizes,<br />

vendors, a photo booth, balloon animals,<br />

face painting, and more.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Arts Council<br />

Musical Auditions<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Arts Council will<br />

present “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”<br />

July 18-21 in the Joyce Hildebrand Auditorium<br />

at London High School.<br />

Auditions are set for 6 p.m. May 1-2 at<br />

The Brennan Loft, 158 S. Main St., London.<br />

Those interested need only attend one of the<br />

audition dates. Auditions are open to individuals<br />

8 years old and older.<br />

Participants must prepare 16 to 32 bars<br />

of a song in the style of musical theater. An<br />

accompanist will be provided. Bring sheet<br />

music that includes both piano and vocal<br />

lines. Mark any cuts clearly in the music. A<br />

capella singing and tracks are not permitted.<br />

In addition to singing, those who try out<br />

must perform cold readings from the script.<br />

Dance comfortably; there will be a short<br />

dance audition.<br />

If needed, callbacks will be held at 6 p.m.<br />

May 3 at The Brennan Loft.<br />

For details, contact Director Jennifer<br />

Ruhlen at jenniferruhlen@gmail.com.<br />

London Marathon, Half-<br />

Marathon, and 5K<br />

The London Marathon, Half Marathon,<br />

and 5K are set for <strong>April</strong> 20. All three courses<br />

begin and end at Merri-Mac Park. The cost<br />

to enter is $95 for the marathon and the<br />

hand-cycle marathon, $80 for the half<br />

marathon, and $40 for the 5K. Registration<br />

ends <strong>April</strong> 17. Visit<br />

https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/London/Lon<br />

donOhioMarathon to sign up. Proceeds benefit<br />

improvements at Merri-Mac Park.<br />

Community Baby Shower<br />

The <strong>Madison</strong> County Healthy Child &<br />

Family Consortium is hosting a Community<br />

Baby Shower at 5 p.m. <strong>April</strong> 17 at London<br />

City Hall, 20 S. Walnut St. The event is<br />

open to mothers in their third trimester up<br />

to three months postpartum. Raffle items,<br />

food, resources, education, and more are<br />

planned. To attend, RSVP by <strong>April</strong> 10 by<br />

calling (740) 852-3068.<br />

Organizers are accepting monetary donations<br />

and donations of new baby items for<br />

the event. Items needed include: cribs, crib<br />

mattresses, car seats, high chairs, diapers,<br />

wipes, blankets, crib sheets, pack-n-plays,<br />

strollers, pacifiers, breast pumps, baby carriers<br />

and wraps, diaper bags, bottles, bottle<br />

brushes, my-first-year books, changing<br />

table mats, pads, and sheets, baby shampoo,<br />

and baby lotion. For details on making a donation,<br />

call Amanda Morgan at (740) 852-<br />

0339.<br />

Jeffersonian Senior Center<br />

The Jeffersonian Senior Citizen Center,<br />

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

from noon to 2 p.m. <strong>April</strong> 9 and <strong>April</strong> 23.<br />

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

to learn more. The group enjoys potlucks<br />

and other events. The cost to become a<br />

member is $10 per year.<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 />

Mount Sterling<br />

Community Center<br />

The Mount Sterling Community Center<br />

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

(740) 869-2453.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 8—9 a.m.-12 p.m., indoor open play<br />

pickleball<br />

8-10 p.m., men’s open gym basketball<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9—3-6 p.m., food pantry for income<br />

eligible households. Pre-packed food boxes<br />

are delivered to your vehicle. Bring proof of<br />

residence at first visit and picture ID every<br />

visit. Call (740) 869-2453 for details.<br />

4:30-5:30 p.m., Take Off Pounds Sensibly<br />

7-8 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous<br />

<strong>April</strong> 10—9 a.m.-12 p.m., indoor open play<br />

pickleball<br />

10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for adults<br />

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

for anyone 60 and older, RSVP by calling<br />

(740) 869-2453<br />

5-6 p.m., all-level yoga class, $10<br />

<strong>April</strong> 12—9 a.m.-12 p.m., indoor open play<br />

pickleball<br />

5-7 p.m., indoor open play pickleball<br />

<strong>April</strong> 13—10 a.m.-3 p.m., sewing for all<br />

ages and abilities;<br />

2 p.m., dodgeball tournament for all ages<br />

levels; to sign up, call the center or email<br />

msccdir@gmail.com<br />

<strong>April</strong> 14—7-8:30 p.m., HEAT training<br />

(plyometrics/speed and agility) for grades K-<br />

12. Free (food drive donation items welcomed).<br />

Produce Market–Second and fourth<br />

Tuesdays of every month.<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 />

For details, call (740) 852-3001.<br />

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

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

a.m., crocheting, knitting and needle crafts;<br />

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

1 p.m., euchre<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9—9 a.m., quilting class, 10 a.m.,<br />

bowling; 4-7 p.m., euchre, billiards, workout<br />

room open<br />

<strong>April</strong> 10—8:30 a.m., indoor walking and<br />

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

p.m., bridge<br />

<strong>April</strong> 11—9 a.m., chair volleyball<br />

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

class; 9 a.m., painting class; 1 p.m., free<br />

movie for members.<br />

Italian Sub Fundraiser<br />

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

Disabilities are holding an Italian<br />

sub fundraiser. The cost is $6 per sandwich<br />

(hot or cold). Tickets can be purchased<br />

through <strong>April</strong> 30 at the MCBDD central office,<br />

500 Elm St., London. Tickets can be redeemed<br />

at Phat Daddy’s Pizza, 15 E. First<br />

St., London. For details or to place an order,<br />

call (740) 852-7050, ext. 1917, or 852-7050,<br />

ext. 1820. Proceeds benefit <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

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LEGAL NOTICE<br />

Jack D. Snyder, an individual whose last place of residence is 1490<br />

Itawamba Trail, London, OH 43140, Unknown Spouse of Jack D. Snyder, if<br />

any whose last place of residence/business is 1490 Itawamba Trail, London,<br />

OH 43140, Kylie Marie Peckinpaugh aka Kylie Marie Snyder whose last<br />

place of residence/business is 1490 Itawamba Trail, London, OH 43140<br />

will take notice that on July 20, 2023, First Merchants Bank, National Association<br />

filed its Complaint in Case No. CVE20230119 and on December 4,<br />

2023 its Amended Complaint in the Court of Common Pleas <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County, Ohio alleging that the Defendant(s) Jack D. Snyder, an individual,<br />

Unknown Spouse of Jack D. Snyder, if any, Kylie Marie Peckinpaugh aka<br />

Kylie Marie Snyder have or claim to have an interest in the real estate described<br />

below:<br />

Permanent Parcel Number: 24-01068.000; Property Address: 1490<br />

Itawamba Trail, London, OH 43140. The legal description may be obtained<br />

from the <strong>Madison</strong> County Auditor at 1 North Main Street, P.O. Box 47,<br />

London, Ohio 43140-0047, 740-852-9717.<br />

The Petitioner further alleges that by reason of default of the Defendant(s)<br />

in the payment of a promissory note, according to its tenor, the conditions<br />

of a concurrent mortgage deed given to secure the payment of said note<br />

and conveying the premises described, have been broken, and the same<br />

has become absolute.<br />

The Petitioner prays that the Defendant(s) named above be required to<br />

answer and set up their interest in said real estate or be forever barred from<br />

asserting the same, for foreclosure of said mortgage, the marshalling of<br />

any liens, and the sale of said real estate, and the proceeds of said sale<br />

applied to the payment of Petitioner's Claim in the proper order of its<br />

priority, and for such other and further relief as is just and equitable.<br />

THE DEFENDANT(S) NAMED ABOVE ARE REQUIRED TO ANSWER ON<br />

OR BEFORE THE 12TH DAY OF MAY, <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

BY: REIMER LAW CO.<br />

Douglas A. Haessig, Attorney at Law<br />

Attorney for Plaintiff-Petitioner<br />

P.O. Box 39696, Solon, Ohio 44139<br />

(440) 600-5500<br />

MM MARCH 31, APRIL 7 & 14, <strong>2024</strong><br />

The 2023 financial statement for<br />

Tri-County Joint Fire District<br />

has been completed. The report is<br />

available for viewing at the<br />

fire station located at<br />

7 West Columbus St.<br />

Mt. Sterling, OH.<br />

Beverly Riffle, Clerk<br />

Tri-County Joint Fire District<br />

MM APRIL 7, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>201<br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>194<br />

LEGAL NOTICE<br />

SALE OF REAL ESTATE<br />

In the State of Ohio, County of <strong>Madison</strong><br />

PennyMac Loan Services, LLC<br />

(Plaintiff)<br />

vs.<br />

Clifford Reese, et. al<br />

(Defendant)<br />

Case No. CVE20230003<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 />

203 East 1st St., 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: 31-02698.000<br />

Said Premises Appraised: $125,000.00<br />

Minimum Bid: $83,333.33<br />

Location of Sale: Online Bidding at<br />

www.bethroseauction.com<br />

Bidding Open Date:<br />

Wednesday, <strong>April</strong> 24, <strong>2024</strong> at 9:00 AM<br />

Bidding Closes Date:<br />

Wednesday, May 1, <strong>2024</strong> at 2:00 PM<br />

2nd Provisional Open Date:<br />

Wednesday, May 8, <strong>2024</strong> at 9:00 AM<br />

2nd Provisional Close Date:<br />

Wednesday, May 15, <strong>2024</strong>, at 2:00 PM<br />

Terms of Sale: A deposit in the amount of $5,000.00 is<br />

due by wire transfer within 48 hours upon conclusion of<br />

the auction. Funding must take place within 30 days of<br />

confirmation of sale. A 5% Buyer’s Premium shall apply.<br />

The auction is subject to postponement and cancellation.<br />

Beth Rose, Private Selling Officer<br />

beth@bethroseauction.com<br />

614-534-6233<br />

MM MARCH 31, APRIL 7 & 14, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>187<br />

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NOTICE OF TIME OF CONTINUATION OF FIRST HEARING TO THE<br />

OWNERS OF SYLVINA J. WILSON DITCH #224<br />

Rev. Code, Sec. 6131.07<br />

Sylvina J. Wilson Ditch #224<br />

Petitioned by:<br />

Bruce Roberts - Keith Roberts - Jack Marchbanks and others<br />

To the owners of land named in the Petition and of Legal Record on the date of<br />

its filing:<br />

You, and each of you, are hereby notified, that on the 1st day of November, 2023<br />

the above petitioners filed a petition to clean and remove obstructions from, to<br />

locate, to construct, to reconstruct, to deepen, to grade, to widen, to alter and/or<br />

to straighten an existing drain and/or watercourse, and place system known as<br />

Sylvina J. Wilson Ditch #224 on County maintenance.<br />

On the course hereinafter set forth. The Construction of the improvement is necessary,<br />

and will benefit the<br />

petitioner(s) and will be conducive to the public welfare.<br />

The following is the course and termini of said proposed improvement, to-wit:<br />

Starting at the northern property line of Gary & Teresa Funk (3668 State Route<br />

142 NE, London) and the southern property line of Keith and Violet Robert, thence<br />

in a southerly direction along the existing tile through the lands of Funk, crossing<br />

under State Route 142, thence continuing in a southeastern direction along the<br />

existing channel through the lands of LJKJ Rome Hilliard, LLC, under the existing<br />

railroad to a point in the lands of LJKJ Rome Hilliard, LLC to be determined in<br />

order to establish sufficient drainage for benefitting property owners.<br />

All costs of engineering, construction, and future maintenance will be assessed<br />

to the benefiting parcels of land except as ordered under Section 6131.31 of the<br />

Ohio Revised Code.<br />

All it is claimed that the improvement will affect property owned by you, and you<br />

are an owner named in the petition and of legal record on the date of its filing,<br />

you are hereby notified that the Board of <strong>Madison</strong> County Commissioners of said<br />

County have fixed the <strong>7th</strong> day of May <strong>2024</strong> at 11:00 a.m. at the <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

Commissioners Office at 1 N. Main Street, London, Ohio as the time and place for<br />

the continuation of the first hearing on the petition.<br />

Amy Rees<br />

Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio<br />

MM APRIL 7, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>202<br />

The City of London is seeking Qualifications<br />

(RFQ) for Comprehensive Plan Update.<br />

It is the intention of the City of London to review all RFQ’s submitted<br />

before making the final selection. Three copies of each proposal shall,<br />

at a minimum, contain complete contact information, historical information<br />

about the firm, detailed statement of qualifications including<br />

past projects, example of a past project, and at least three municipal /<br />

public sector references.<br />

The City reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, and to waive<br />

technical defects as the interest of the City may require. Please submit<br />

your qualifications package electronically to<br />

Rex Castle at rcastle@londonohio.gov<br />

no later than 4PM EDT on <strong>April</strong> 9th, <strong>2024</strong>. Late submissions will not be<br />

considered.<br />

The Proposal Documents may be obtained on the City’s website<br />

www.londonohio.gov or by contacting Rex Castle, Safety Service Director,<br />

at rcastle@londonohio.gov<br />

MM MARCH 31 & APRIL 7, <strong>2024</strong><br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>186


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xLegal Notices<br />

Notice of Oil and Gas Lease Forfeiture Pursuant to<br />

Section 5301.332 of the Ohio Revised Code<br />

Notice is hereby given to Dalton & Hanna Co., which is believed to be a trade or registered<br />

name for Lloyd Dalton, whose collective last known address is 3477 Commerce Parkway,<br />

Suite B2, Wooster, OH 44691, and their successors and assigns of the following:<br />

M/I Homes of Central Ohio, LLC, an Ohio limited liability company (“Lessor”), is the<br />

current lessor under an Oil and Gas Lease by and between Ellen S. Crago and Farrel L.<br />

Crago, wife and husband, as lessors, and Dalton & Hanna Co., as lessee (“Lessee”), dated<br />

June 23, 1992, and recorded in Lease Record Volume X, Page 33 of the Union County,<br />

Ohio Recorder’s Office (the “Lease”). The Lease covers the following premises:<br />

107.3 acres, more or less, located in Virginia Military Survey No. 3743, Jerome<br />

Township, Union County, Ohio and Darby Township, <strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio,<br />

formerly or presently bounded by Bethel Road Investment Co., Inc. on the North;<br />

Doris W. Cary and Jonas M. Frey on the East; State Route 161 on the South; and<br />

Bethel Road Investment Co., Inc. and Roger Scheiderer on the West.<br />

The Lease has a term of 5 years and continues so long thereafter as oil or gas is produced<br />

from the leasehold premises and royalty or rentals are paid, as provided in the Lease. The<br />

Lease is not recorded in <strong>Madison</strong> County, Ohio.<br />

Lessor is the current owner of that portion of former Parcel No. 15-0021025.000 (n/k/a<br />

Parcel No. 18-0021025.0000 by virtue of annexation) containing 72.60 acres, more or<br />

less, located in Jerome Township (now Plain City by virtue of annexation), Union County,<br />

Ohio, as described in a Fiduciary Deed and Limited Warranty Deed dated effective as of<br />

February 22, <strong>2024</strong>, recorded as Instrument Number 202305150003306 and re-recorded<br />

as Instrument Number <strong>2024</strong>03010001424 of the Union County, Ohio Recorder’s Office.<br />

The foregoing property comprises all or a portion of the leasehold premises.<br />

Pursuant to Section 5301.332 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Lease has been forfeited as<br />

there are no producing or drilling oil or gas wells on the leasehold premises and (i)<br />

covenants of the Lease regarding the drilling of a well and payment of delay rentals have<br />

been breached; (ii) covenants of the Lease regarding production have been breached; and/or<br />

(iii) the term of the Lease has expired. Lessor intends to file for record an affidavit of forfeiture<br />

with the Union County, Ohio Recorder’s Office if Lessee does not release the Lease<br />

of record within thirty (30) days of the publication of this notice.<br />

Published on this <strong>7th</strong> day of <strong>April</strong>, <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

M/I Homes of Central Ohio, LLC<br />

Attn: Josh Barkan<br />

4131 Worth Avenue<br />

Columbus, Ohio 43219<br />

MM APRIL 7, <strong>2024</strong><br />

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875 Middle Pike, West Jefferson, OH 43162<br />

ID #: 149003671001<br />

Date of Action: 03/21/<strong>2024</strong><br />

Notice is hereby given that on March 21, <strong>2024</strong>, the Director of the Ohio Environmental<br />

Protection Agency ("Ohio EPA"), pursuant to Ohio Revised Code<br />

("ORC") Chapter 3746 and Ohio Administrative Code ("OAC") Chapter 3745-300,<br />

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The Volunteer conducted a voluntary action of the approximately 37.60 acre-<br />

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Ohio. A no further action letter for the Property was submitted on September<br />

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MM APRIL 7, <strong>2024</strong><br />

NOTICE OF BID<br />

MM<strong>2024</strong>199<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, <strong>April</strong> 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 />

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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, <strong>April</strong> 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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MM<strong>2024</strong>180<br />

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NOTICE OF LEGISLATION PASSED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LONDON, OHIO<br />

Noce is hereby given to the passage of the following ordinances or resoluons<br />

of the London City Council. The complete text of each ordinance or resoluon<br />

may be obtained or viewed at the offices of the City Law Director or the City<br />

Auditor at 20 South Walnut Street, London, Ohio, or online at the London City<br />

website: www.londonohio.gov<br />

RESOLUTION 105-24 - Sponsored by Shannon Treynor - A RESOLUTION<br />

authorizing the Auditor to increase appropriations and transfer funds. There are<br />

street repairs that are needed; and the funds cannot be transferred without<br />

sufficient authorization and appropriation from Council.<br />

RESOLUTION 106-24 - Sponsored by: Andrew Hitt - A RESOLUTION increasing<br />

appropriations. The Tax Department is in need of an online software upgrade.<br />

RESOLUTION 108-24 - Sponsored by: Greg Eades - A RESOLUTION increasing<br />

appropriations. The Police Department is in need of replacing an unmarked<br />

cruiser.<br />

RESOLUTION 110-24 - Sponsored by: Josh Peters - A RESOLUTION adopting the<br />

recommendations of the tax incentive review council<br />

RESOLUTION 114-24 - Sponsored by: Brent McDaniel - A RESOLUTION assessing<br />

the costs of the removal of high grass and weeds<br />

RESOLUTION 119-24 - Sponsored by: Greg Eades A RESOLUTION increasing<br />

appropriations. A building at Merri Mac park caught on fire; and the City needs<br />

to install and secure a new building to replace the one that was destroyed by fire.<br />

RESOLUTION 122-24 - Sponsored by: Michael Norman A RESOLUTION<br />

petitioning the state for state route changes throughout the city. For safety and<br />

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City.<br />

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MM MARCH 31 & APRIL 7, <strong>2024</strong><br />

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SILVERADO 3500 HD LTZ<br />

COUGHLIN AUTO SPECIAL<br />

$55,800<br />

Stock # MB-1012-2824-4-L<br />

Mini-Barn 10X12<br />

$109 per mo.<br />

Stock # MDK-8012-21224-9039-C<br />

Delux Kennel 8X12<br />

$176 per mo.<br />

Stock # MPG-1224-21224-9029-C<br />

Portable Garage 12X24<br />

$264 per mo.<br />

SALES HOURS:<br />

Mon - Thurs: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM<br />

Fri. - Sat.: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM<br />

Closed Sunday<br />

255 Lafayette Street, London, OH 43140<br />

(740) 919-3018 Sales<br />

(740) 919-3020 Service<br />

www.coughlinauto.com<br />

SERVICE HOURS:<br />

Mon - Thurs: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM<br />

Fri.: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM<br />

Sat.: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM<br />

Closed Sunday

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