This week in photos

 Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick

VFW makes patriotic donation

Sarah Winland (back row, left) and her mother, Vicki Winland, presented new American flags to representatives of each classroom at Midway Elementary School in the Madison-Plains Local School District: (front row, from left) Shelby Barnett, first grade; Grace Pavey, second grade; Maria Grabill, fifth grade; Kirsten Mercer, kindergarten; McKayla Stone, fourth grade; and James Violet, third grade. The Windlands made the donation on behalf of the Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1176 in London. Sarah is a third-year trustee of the organization; Vicki is treasurer.

Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick

Helpfulness honored

Linda Blankenship (left) of HELP House presents Rod Kronk, owner of Kronk & Scaggs Insurance in London, with a "Helping Hands" certificate for his company’s $200 donation to the organization’s special outreach programs. Kronk & Scaggs was the first business to respond to HELP House’s "Giving Challenge." The organization, which operates on donations only, offers a food pantry, clothing pantry, soup kitchen and household pantry, along with outreach programs like the Easter Basket distribution for children. In 2007, HELP House distributed 199,891 food items, 23,797 clothing items, and served 20,287 meals to needy families. As community outreach coordinator, Blankenship is available to speak about HELP House at churches, organizations or businesses. Call 740-852-1980. The facility is located at 122 E. Center St., London.

 Photo courtesy of the Madison County Board of MR/DD

March: MR/DD Awareness Month

On March 4, the Madison County commissioners declared March 2008 as Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with a reading of a proclamation at the Madison County Courthouse. The document encourages citizens to support opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities that include full access to education, housing, employment and recreational activities. On hand for the proclamation were: (front row, from left) Caleb Powell, A.J. Hymiller, Noah Cunningham, Rachel Holland, Josh Miller; (back row) Commissioner Bob Hackett and Commissioner David Dhume.

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