(Posted April 27, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Staff Writer
The late spring and summer calendar is filling up in Mount Sterling.
During the course of their April 25 meeting, village council members covered several upcoming events, services, and programs–some coordinated by the village and some by others in the community.
• Community Cleanup Days–The village and Mount Sterling Nazarene Church will be doing cleanup and beautification projects April 30-May 1. Residents can sign up for help with landscaping labor, general outdoor cleanup, and trash pickup including furniture. To register for assistance, go to www.gomtsterling.com or call town hall at (740) 869-2040. There is no charge.
• Opening Day–The Mount Sterling Eagles Youth League is hosting an opening day ceremony for the ball season at 2 p.m. May 1 at Mason Park.
• Hydrant Flushing–The Tri-County Joint Fire District will flush hydrants May 2-6. Discoloration of water, sediment in the water, and low water pressure can be expected during this process.
• National Day of Prayer–The Mount Sterling pastors association is holding a National Day of Prayer event at 12 p.m. May 5 at the town gazebo across from town hall in downtown Mount Sterling. Anyone is welcome to attend.
• Victorian Springtime Tea–The Friends of Mount Sterling Public Library are hosting their annual Victorian Springtime Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. May 14 at Mount Sterling United Methodist Church. For details, call the library, (740) 869-2430.
• Movie Nights–The village is sponsoring four free movie nights at Mason Park this summer. All will take place at dusk on the last Saturday of the month. Movies are shown on a giant inflatable screen. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. Concessions will be available on site.
The first movie night, featuring “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” (PG), is set for May 28. The rest of the schedule is as follows: “Luca” (PG) on June 25; “Raya and the Last Dragon” (PG) on July 30; and “The Addams Family 2” (PG) on Aug. 27.
Council member Becky Martin, chair of the parks and recreation committee, said the village welcomes anyone who wants to volunteer at the movie nights, make monetary donations to help offset costs, or donate refreshments to call (740) 869-2040.
• Summer Jam–Mount Sterling’s Summer Jam festival is slated for June 16-18. Deanna Pettit, owner of Hammer Time Pub, asked council’s permission to once again close off the street in front of her business for a beer garden and live musical entertainment during the festival. Like last year, she will fence off and secure the area and outfit it with picnic tables and tents.
Council voted 6-0 to approve the request. Council members Andy Drake and David Timmons complimented Pettit on how well organized the beer garden was last year, noting there were no crowd control or security issues.
• Veterans Hall of Fame–Mayor Marci Darlington shared information about the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. Twenty veterans are inducted each year. Military personnel who were honorably discharged and continue to serve their communities in a positive way are eligible for nomination. Nomination forms are due by June 1. For more information and a form, visit https://dvs.ohio.gov/hall-of-fame.
• Mental Health–In light of April being designated as Mental Health Awareness Month, Darlington shared information about a crisis text line. Anyone in need can text “4HOPE” to 741741; counselors are available to provide help and direction.