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Archive for November, 2016

Sending Blessings and Unending Gratitude to All Who Have Served This Veterans Day.


We want to wish everyone who has served or is currently serving our country a very blessed Veterans Day.

Thank you for all that you have done to protect us and this country we love.

You are in our thoughts and prayers as we remember all current and former military on this special day.

On Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, at noon, there will be a Memorial Service at the Monument at Industrial Parkway and U. S. Highway 42 in Jerome Township. Please stop and honor all those who have given us our freedom.

There will also be a Plain City Veterans Day Celebration sponsored by the American Legion Post 248, VFW, and Darby Post 3268 from 10:30-11:30 am on Friday at the Plain City Elementary School, 580 South Chillicothe Street. Music will be presented by the Jonathan Alder Band.


Veterans Day Ceremonies in Jerome Township and Plain City on Friday, November 11.


Here is information on the Veterans Day activities in both Plain City and Jerome Township.

In Plain City (from a news release from Bernie Vance):

“Veterans Day will be celebrated on Friday, November 11 with a Memorial Program beginning at 10:30 AM at the Plain City Elementary School Gymnasium, 580 South Chillicothe Street, Plain City. There will be special parking for those attending.

This year’s speaker will be US Army Lt. Col., Ken Ratliff. Lt. Col. Ratliff was commissioned as an Armor Officer in 1995 following graduation from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.

“His first assignment was with A Company, 1st Battalion, 147th Armor Regiment, Ohio Army National Guard, in Lima, Ohio. Over his 20-year career, he has commanded units at the Company and Battalion level. His staff assignments range from Battalion to Joint Force Headquarters-Ohio including Executive Officer for the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Columbus, OH. He has two overseas deployments and one domestic response to Hurricane Rita.

“Since 2003, Lt. Col. Ratliff has served in the Active Guard Reserve program with the Ohio Army National Guard. In this full time employment program, he has served in a wide variety of units including Ohio’s Homeland Response Force and 174th Air Defense Artillery Brigade. LTC Ratliff’s education includes the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff School and a Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University.

“His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (6 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC).

“LTC Ratliff resides in Plain City, OH with his wife Amanda from Marion, Ohio and their two sons – James and Nathan. The family also has two former racing greyhounds, Annie and Maya.

“Please take a few minutes on November 11 to attend this Plain City American Legion Post 248 and the VFW, Darby Post 3268 sponsored event at the Plain City Elementary School on South Chillicothe Street and pay tribute to all those who have served in this country’s Armed Forces.

“For additional information contact Bernie Vance at 614-570-2962.”


For Jerome Township:

Veterans Day in Jerome Township will take place at the Soldiers’ Monument (at the corner of U. S. Highway 42 and Industrial Parkway) on Friday, November 11 beginning at noon with a welcome by Jerome Township Trustees, Joe Craft, CJ Lovejoy, and Ron Rhodes. The program will last approximately an hour.

After the invocation by Reverend Philip Bougher, Pastor Emeritus of the New California Presbyterian Church, the flag will be raised and the memorial wreath will be placed. John Cooper, acting as Abraham Lincoln, will address those in attendance.

The complete listing of events is below.

For more information, please visit the Jerome Township web site HERE.


Dinner and Auction to Benefit Troubled Boys on Friday, November 11 at 6 pm.


The fourth annual Boys Camp BBQ Chicken Dinner and Auction Fundraiser benefitting three wilderness boys’ camps will be held Friday, November 11, 2016 at 6:00 pm at Plainview Christian School, 8270 Amish Pike in Plain City. Proceeds will benefit the Ohio Wilderness Boys Camp, the Fair Play Camp School in South Carolina, and the Gator Wilderness Camp School in Florida.

The donated funds will help boys like Jacob.

Jacob was born to a drug-addict mother. When his adoptive parents took him home from the hospital, they did not anticipate the difficulties that they would be facing. Jacob was a good boy, but he would experience outbursts of anger and violent behavior that they were not prepared to handle. Feeling helpless and alone, they didn’t know where to turn next. A friend recommended a boys’ wilderness camp where Jacob and his family were given tools to deal with his issues. Today Jacob is a changed young man.

Therapeutic wilderness camp is for boys aged 7-17 who are experiencing behavioral or emotional problems and who agree to placement because of a desire to change. They live in outdoor campsites in groups of ten boys and two counselors who are called “chiefs”. The average stay at a camp is eighteen months. The combination of mentoring and positive peer pressure leaves a lifelong impact on a boy.

The Chicken Dinner line opens at 6:00 pm and will be on a donation basis. The auction will begin at approximately 7:15 pm. Many new and used items are being donated by local businesses and individuals. Past auctions have included tools, furniture, lawn equipment, toys, household items, a storage shed, a weekend getaway, and more, and have lasted approximately two hours.

This fundraiser was inspired by local men and women who have served as chiefs, supervisors, and cooks at these camps in the past. Currently, Spencer Hostetler of Plain City serves as a chief and sisters, Stephanie and Angie Helmuth, also of Plain City, are cooks at one of the camps. There are also several Plain City area men who serve on the boards for these camps.

If you would like to help, good quality donations will be accepted until auction time. Items can be dropped off at Beachy Barns until 4:00 pm on auction day and at Plainview school after 4:00 pm. For more information or to have your items picked up, call or text Dale Beachy at 614-570-4133 or email Dale at: dale@beachybarns.com.

Follow the Boys Camp BBQ Chicken Dinner and Auction Fundraiser Facebook page for updates and photos. For more information on the Ohio Wilderness Boy’s Camp visit Ohioboyscamp.org.


Thank you to Dale Beachy for writing this up for us for the blog and to Cherie Gingerich for passing it along.

Young Artists: Get Ready for the Christmas Under the Clock Coloring Contest!


It’s that time of year again. Time for your young artists to pull out their crayons and markers and enter the coloring contest to win a chance to be a “Tree lighting Pixie.”

Children 10 and under are eligible to enter the annual coloring contest. Winners will be chosen from three age groups: 5 and under, 6-8, and 9-10.

All winners must be available on Saturday, December 3 from 4:30 to 5:45 pm for the tree lighting ceremony during Christmas Under the Clock. Tree lighting pixies will turn on the switch to officially light the Plain City Christmas tree and get the holiday underway.

To download an official coloring contest entry form, please go HERE. Or print off the form at the bottom of this posting by clicking on it and then printing.

Coloring contest entry forms can also be picked up at Mainstreet Treasures, 150 West Main Street in Plain City.

Send your completed entry to: UPCO, PO Box 297, Plain City, OH 43064

All entries must be received by Friday, November 18.

Winners will be chosen by Mayor Darrin Lane.

To read an article in the Plain City Advocate on the coloring contest, please go HERE.

For more information on Christmas Under the Clock, visit the Uptown Plain City Organization (UPCO) web site HERE.

Winners will be announced on the Uptown Plain City (UPCO) Facebook page and via their contact information provided on the entry form. Visit the UPCO Facebook page, HERE.

You can also find out more on the Christmas Under the Clock Facebook page HERE.

The rules for the coloring contest are below. The date for Christmas Under the Clock should be December 3, however, not December 5 as listed on the flyer. The deadline to turn in the entry is Friday, November 18.




Happy Birthday to Our Dad, Bob Timmons, Our Little Cousin, Lucy, and Our Aunt Bonnie Winters on Wednesday, November 2.


We want to wish a very happy birthday to our dad, Bob Timmons, on Wednesday, November 2–and that’s no joke (although, he and Joe are joking around in the above photo).

We’d also like to wish our Aunt Bonnie in New Mexico a very happy birthday on the same day. Aunt Bonnie’s daughter, April, just recently had a baby girl, so Aunt Bonnie is enjoying her new grand baby.


Our little cousin, Lucy Blanton, is turning a great big two this year on November 2!


As November arrives each year, we are also thinking about our good friend, Richard Murray, who would have celebrated his 90th birthday this year on November 4. Richard, we love and miss you.