Photos: Around Town

West Jeff Gold takes first place

The West Jefferson Gold Team took first place July 18 in the final game of the MWBL 8-U Baseball Tournament at Westwood Park. The players are: (front row, from left) Thomas Farbacher, Travis Sayre, Cade Brintlinger, Jake Boyd, Brendan King; (second row) Darren Maynard, Wyatt Dillion, Ethan Higgins, Ethan Pearson and Marty Ellinger. The coaches are Doug Ellinger, Tim Brintlinger, Head coach Joe Pearson, Rob King and Mike Boyd. Keegan Dolby is not pictured. The Gold Team went 12-0 in the regular season and 4-0 to win the tournament. The tournament was made up of 16 teams from West Jefferson, Plain City, Fairbanks and Mechanicsburg.

 WJ Legion rewards scholars

Jefferson Post 201 of the American Legion presented three $2,000 scholarships to West Jefferson High School students. Post 201 is the oldest contributor to the high school’s awards program, having given a total of $250,000 in scholarships over the last 30 years. Post Sgt.-at-Arms Donald Wright (left) and Post Commander Has Ranney (right) presented the awards to this year’s winners: Nichole Kauffman, Josh Iams and Ashley Finnigan.

Retired Teachers scholar

The Madison County Retired Teachers

Association (MCRTA) met June 9 at Der

Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City.

Gloria Crisp introduced Austin Schlosser,

the 2008 recipient of the MCRTA scholarship.

Jonathan Alder High School coaches

Steve Coate and Barry Blackstone gave

glowing remarks about Schlosser, who

will attend Otterbein College this fall. The

scholar-athlete plans to become a math

teacher and coach. The next MCRTA

meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 11 at

Jonathan Alder High School. John Butch

of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association

will be the guest speaker. All retired teachers

 in the Madison County area are welcome to

attend, regardless of where they taught. Call

Dave Holland at 614-879-9666 for details.

Mars Petcare spruces up shelter

The Humane Society of Madison County was the lucky recipient of a company work day from employees at Mars Petcare US, a division of Mars North America. Their plant is on Fisher Road on the west side of Columbus.

The crew of volunteers left their regular jobs for the day and traveled to the shelter to help with improvements. They reset fence poles in concrete, replaced gates in the exercise areas, and made new shed doors to replace ones that had fallen apart. They painted the shed, spruced up the flower beds in front of the two trailers, and constructed three feral cat houses.

In addition to the labor, Mars Petcare US donated materials.

“This group rolled up their sleeves and worked hard all day. The rain dampened everything, but not their spirits. It was amazing what they were able to accomplish in one day,” said Betty Peyton, shelter director.

The shelter, 1357 State Rte. 38 SE in London, relies on volunteers to help at the shelter, at events, and with doing other tasks. Those interested in volunteering can call the shelter at 740-852-PETS (7387) or send e-mail to

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