Letters to the Editor

Habitat volunteers make homes & friends

Habitat for Humanity, an ecumenical, Christian housing ministry, was founded by Linda and Millard Fuller in 1976 at Koinonia Farms in Americus, Ga., with the goal to eliminate poverty housing. Since 1976, Habitat has built over 100,000 homes world-wide.

Habitat for Humanity of Madison County was established to address the human need in our local community for decent, affordable homes. Our affiliate is a grass-roots development program involving local individuals, businesses, churches, civic groups and schools who invest in the improvement of this community by offering a hand up, not a handout.

In the United States, the wages of low-income workers has not kept pace with rising rents and mortgage requirements, while at the same time the numbers of low-cost housing units are not increasing to meet the need. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and no interest. House payments go to the construction of other houses. These homes enhance neighborhoods and can spur revitalization of an entire neighborhood.

Family selection is based on family need, ability to pay and willingness to partner, and is not based on age, race, religion, sex, ethnic background, familial status, marital status, national origin, handicap or source of income.

Habitat for Humanity of Madison County needs your help with ending poverty housing and strengthening our community. Habitat encourages people from all walks of life to help build homes with families in need of a decent home. Volunteers work to end poverty housing and provide decent, affordable homes on behalf of their neighbor in need.

Volunteers of all types are needed including those who are willing to pick up a hammer or a trowel, lend clerical and administrative skills, organize volunteers or build community relationships, to assisting partner families through selection, home construction and home purchase processes, and home ownership and management.

Volunteers have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of neighbors, form new friendships, learn new or utilize existing skills, and learn about the need for Habitat for Humanity of Madison County in our community.

To learn more about volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Madison County, call 740-845-0653 or visit our Web site at www.madison-habitat.org and click “Get Involved.”

Consider making Habitat for Humanity in Madison County, and your local community, a part of your giving plan. Financial donations can be mailed to Habitat for Humanity of Madison County, PO Box 679, London, Ohio 43140. Please include name and return address with donation.

Kathy Beekman, project manager for Habitat for Humanity of Madison Co.

Man proud to be from Mt. Sterling

Mount Sterling is located in the southern-most tip of Madison County bordering Fayette and Pickaway counties, an area often referred to as the “Tri-County Area.”

Having been born in this community and lived here most of my life, I have now retired and begun to reflect and evaluate what this town and community is.

Over the years, additional homes, factories and businesses have been added and borders have extended, changing the landscape. Technology has improved our lifestyles, but the people are basically the same.

The greatness of this community is measured by the priceless values of the ones that settled here and instilled in their children work ethics, moral and spiritual values, and strong community spirit.

To further support this fact, I was impressed by the wonderful spirit that prevailed among the people who attended the annual alumni golf tournament. They are the children of families of our community, coming back to reunite, enjoy time together and reflect on their time growing up in Mount Sterling. May we always cherish this feeling and carry on this tradition.

We are now looking forward to the Good Ole Days Festival. This year, let’s make a great festive occasion of coming together and be inspired when we review this great heritage. Let’s rise with pride and say, “This is who we are. This is Mount Sterling, Ohio.”

Harold Houser of Mount Sterling

MP district yields lots of top fair showmen

Well, the 118th Madison County Fair is over. We missed Buffo, The World’s Strongest Clown, but enjoyed the Fire Safety Show. Overall, a great time was had by all and a huge thank-you goes out to the staff, volunteers, youth, parents, businesses and organizations that made the fair once again a terrific event.

Our family is very proud of Jonathon Scott for being victorious in the Grand Showman of Showmen this year. He had six fierce competitors, and after 10 years of competing in 4-H was able to show his ability and knowledge. His showmanship is impressive. Too bad it doesn’t flow over into his ability to play poker (just kidding).

My husband and I were discussing the years past and how many of the Grand Showman were graduates of Madison-Plains High School. We were curious to find out how many of the winners were from the district. Off the top of our head, we thought we knew at least seven or eight in the last 10 years.

After a little digging and a lot of help from the Madison County Extension Office, we found out that the Grand Showman of Showmen contest began at the Madison County Fair in 1978. This gave us 30 winners to date and of those 30, at least 25 were graduates of Madison-Plains High School. I don’t know about you, but we thought that was an impressive number. It made us feel proud to live in this district and know that we are raising kids here that not only strive to do their best but have a great work ethic.

In order to accomplish these wins, it takes a ton of hard work, dedication and sharing of knowledge by other 4-H winners. These 4-Hers did not have to teach each other about the animal that won them their spot in the winner’s arena, but they did. That also says something about the final seven that compete for the title of Grand Showman. They are willing to go above and beyond to assist fellow 4-H members in doing their best.

No one can walk in and be the Grand Showman of Showmen without working for it. We know these youths are not just learning all these values just from their parents. We believe they also learn these values in the classroom and from their 4-H leaders and FFA advisors.

The African proverb probably says it best: “It takes a village to raise a child.” It takes all of us working together to raise productive children that care about their fellow man and do their best. We feel blessed to bring up our kids in the Madison-Plains School District.


Twyla McNamara of South Solon

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