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Highlighting the People, Places, Businesses and Activities of Madison County, Ohio

Christmas Tree Tour benefits local businesses, non-profits

By David Jackson

WHEN: Sat., Nov. 24 thru Fri., Dec. 14 WHO: EVERYONE! It’s time to spread that holiday cheer! WHERE: And what better way than the third • Abbey Gift Shop, 93 W. Main St., West Jeff annual Madison County Christmas Tree • Flyer’s Pizza, 121 W. Main St., West Jeff Tour. The Madison County Christmas • Gateway Shoppes of West Jefferson, 6 W. Tree Tour kicked off on Small Business Main St., West Jeff Saturday, November 24. The Madison • Madison County Visitors Center, 730 County Chamber of Commerce in Keny Blvd., London; collaboration with their subsidiary, the • Mike’s Pizza, 50 W. Town St., West Jeff; Madison County Convention and • MustardSeed Cafe, 94 W. Main St., Visitors Bureau is hosting the countyWest Jeff wide tour featuring six participants. The participating Chamber member investors are showcasing their decorated Christmas trees in their businesses through Friday, December 14, at noon. During this time, residents and visitors are encouraged to stop into the businesses to bid on their favorite tree in a silent auction. Participating businesses creatively decorated trees of all shapes and sizes featuring various themes. Each participating business selected a local non-profit organization or charity they would like the proceeds from the tree auction to benefit. Proceeds from all of the trees will benefit the charity or non-profit of the business with the highest bid out of all the trees on the tour. Support a good cause and your local economy this holiday season with the third annual Madison County Christmas Tree Tour.

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Christmas in the Park brings light to many for the holidays concession stand at Garrette Park during the By Carol Beachy

The steaming hot chocolate warms the insides while the crisp snow keeps our hats and mittens on. A visit to Garrette Park in West Jefferson will wow newcomers and lifetime residents alike with a dazzling display of 300,000 Christmas lights, turning the West Jefferson park, just steps from Main Street, into a winter escape.

opening weekend events December 7-9. At 8 p.m. on Sunday, organizers will randomly draw multiple winners from among the completed forms. The prizes are cash cards. The annual “Parade of Lights� will also return for 2012. Anyone can participate in the Parade of Lights set for Saturday evening. The parade steps off at 5:30 from McDonalds and travels into West Jefferson, continuing on Main Street to South Twin Street, then left onto Fellows Avenue and right onto the Ox Roast grounds at Garrette Park. Anyone interested in having a Christmas or winter-themed float or vehicle in the parade should contact Sandy Boucher at 614-879-9662. West Jefferson’s version of the North Pole is off of Route 40. Once in downtown, turn south on Walnut Street, which runs straight into the park. Free street parking is available on surrounding streets.

For 2012, the power switch will be set to “ON� on Friday, December 7 as part of a three-evening opening weekend, called “Christmas in the Park,� packed with events, activities and even a parade! Kicking off the 17th annual “Christmas in the Park� celebration will be an opening ceremony complete with performances by the West Jefferson High School Gold Choir and Jazz Band. A very busy Santa Clause will even stop by nightly for photos with kids on the nice list. He’ll check his list twice. The West Jefferson Business Council, led by the Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library, are once again hosting a winter scavenger hunt. Over 20 West Jefferson businesses are participating. Each is displaying a picture of a winter-themed item, such as mittens or a hat. Participants are asked to visit the businesses, find at least 10 pictures and fill out an entry form listing the items they find. Scavenger Hunt forms are available at the library. Completed forms must be returned to the library or to the

Following the opening weekend, the display will by lit nightly through January 1, 2013 from 5 to 10 p.m. for all passersby to enjoy. Learn more about West Jefferson Christmas in the Park by visiting their Website, www.wjcip.org or Christmas in the Park on Facebook. WHEN: Fri., Dec 7 - Sun. Dec. 9, 2012 WHERE: Garrette Park, 3 W. Fellows Ave., West Jefferson COST: FREE MORE INFO: www.wjcip.org

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Mad About Activity Saturday, Dec. 1

Monday, Dec. 3

Madison County Christmas Tree Tour WHEN: 11/24 - 12/14 WHERE: Participating Madison Co. Businesses (listed in this issue) Proceeds to Madison Co. non-profits

Madison County Christmas Tree Tour WHEN: 11/24 - 12/14 WHERE: Participating Madison Co. Businesses (listed in this issue) Proceeds to Madison Co. non-profits

Breakfast with Santa WHEN: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. WHERE: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 380 Keny Blvd., London COST: $5/adult $3.50/child 5 & under free More info at 852-1522

Artistic Treasures Art Sale WHEN: 11/29 - 12/31 WHERE: Gallery on High, 5 E. High St., London

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Christmas in the Park WHEN: 5:30 - 9 p.m. WHERE: Garrett Park

Safety Council Meeting: TOPIC “Hearing Loss” WHEN: Noon WHERE: 730 Keny Blvd., London WHO: Companies wishing to improve their safety and/or who want to earn a BWC rebate COST: $12 per meeting/$144 for the fiscal year

Madison County Christmas Tree Tour WHEN: 11/24 - 12/14 WHERE: Participating Madison Co. Businesses (listed in this issue)

Monday, Dec. 17 Park Board Meeting WHEN: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Madison Co. Courthouse, 1 N. Main St., London (Commissioner’s Office) Madison Monthly Ad & Story Content Deadline Artistic Treasures Art Sale WHEN: 11/29 - 12/31 WHERE: Gallery on High, 5 E. High St., London

Friday, Dec. 28 LifeCare Alliance Open House WHEN: 1 - 2:30 p.m. 2nd & 4th Fri. WHERE: Madison County Hospital Harley Room Artistic Treasures Art Sale WHEN: 11/29 - 12/31 WHERE: Gallery on High, 5 E. High St., London

Downtown London Assoc. Meeting WHEN: 12 p.m. EVERY TUESDAY WHERE: Phat Daddy’s Pizza, 15 E. 1st St., London

Movie Night Out - Men in Black III WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: London Public Library

Madison Co. Hospital Holiday Book Fair WHEN: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. WHERE: 210 N. Main St., London

Downtown London Assoc. Meeting WHEN: 12 p.m. EVERY TUESDAY WHERE: Phat Daddy’s Pizza, 15 E. 1st St., London

Preschool Time WHEN: 11 a.m. WHERE: London Public Library

Play-Date WHEN: 10:30 a.m. WHERE: London Public Library

His Little Lambs Christmas Party WHEN: 2 - 4 p.m. WHERE: HELP House, 122 E. Center St., London

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Toddler Time WHEN: 10 a.m. WHERE: London Public Library

Thursday, Dec. 6

Madison Co. Hospital Heartfelt Holidays WHEN: 5:30 - 10 p.m. WHERE: Choctaw Lake Lodge, 2875 Oneida Dr., London

Sunday, Dec. 9

Friday, Dec. 7

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Chamber Board of Directors Meeting WHEN: Noon WHERE: 730 Keny Blvd., London

Christmas Under the Clock WHEN: 5 - 9 p.m. WHERE: Main St. & Chillicothe St., Plain City

Madison County Christmas Tree Tour WHEN: 11/24 - 12/14 WHERE: Participating Madison Co. Businesses (listed in this issue) Proceeds to Madison Co. non-profits Holiday Music with the Cowboy Ukulele Band WHEN: 6:30 p.m. WHERE: London Public Library

Tuesday, Dec. 18 Downtown London Assoc. Meeting WHEN: 12 p.m. EVERY TUESDAY WHERE: Phat Daddy’s Pizza, 15 E. 1st St., London

Medigold Workshop: Medicare made easy WHEN: 9 a.m. - Noon WHERE: Chamber Conference Center, 730 Keny Blvd., London West Jeff Community Assoc. Senior Citizen Christmas Party WHEN: 6 - 9 p.m. WHERE: West Jefferson High School Madison County Christmas Tree Tour WHEN: 11/24 - 12/14 WHERE: Participating Madison Co. Businesses (listed in this issue) Proceeds to Madison Co. non-profits

NEW YEAR’S EVE - Happy New Year!

Saturday, Dec. 8

Madison County Christmas Tree Tour WHEN: 11/24 - 12/14 WHERE: Participating Madison Co. Businesses (listed in this issue) Proceeds to Madison Co. non-profits

Madison County Christmas Tree Tour WHEN: 11/24 - 12/14 WHERE: Participating Madison Co. Businesses (listed in this issue) Proceeds to Madison Co. non-profits

Artistic Treasures Art Sale WHEN: 11/29 - 12/31 WHERE: Gallery on High, 5 E. High St., London

London Rotary Breakfast with Santa WHEN: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Madison County Senior Center, London

Madison Co. Hospital Craft Show WHEN: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. WHERE: Madison Co. Hospital

Cookie Jubilee WHEN: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. WHERE: Zion Lutheran Church, 221 S. Center St., West Jeff

MainStreet Treasures Lunch & Shop WHEN: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. WHERE: 150 W. Main St., Plain City Christmas in the Park Opening & Lighting Ceremonies WHEN: 5 - 10 p.m. WHERE: Garrett Park, 3 W. Fellows Ave., West Jefferson

Friday, Dec. 14

Thursday, Dec. 13

LifeCare Alliance Open House WHEN: 1 - 2:30 p.m. 2nd & 4th Fri. WHERE: Madison County Hospital Harley Room Madison County Christmas Tree Tour WHEN: 11/24 - 12/14 WHERE: Participating Madison Co. Businesses (listed in this issue) Proceeds to Madison Co. non-profits Artistic Treasures Art Sale WHEN: 11/29 - 12/31 WHERE: Gallery on High, 5 E. High St., London

London Florist Photos with Santa WHEN: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. WHERE: 196 W. Center St., London Abbey Gift Shop Indoor Craft Show WHEN: Noon - 8 p.m. WHERE: 93 W. Main St., West Jeff West Jeff Business Council Winter Walk WHEN: Noon - 8 p.m. WHERE: Downtown, West Jeff Christmas in the Park Lighted Parade, Santa Photos WHEN: 4:30 - 10 p.m. WHERE: Garrett Park, 3 W. Fellows Ave., West Jefferson

Saturday, Dec. 15 His Little Lambs Shopping Day WHEN: 2 - 4 p.m. WHERE: HELP House, 122 E. Center St., London

Movie Night Out - Hope Springs WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: London Public Library

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Thursday, Dec. 20

FMCPT Monthly Meeting WHEN: 7 - 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Madison Co. Senior Citizens Center, 280 W. High St., London

Drug-Free West Jeff WHEN: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. WHERE: West Jeff United Methodist Church

Artistic Treasures Art Sale WHEN: 11/29 - 12/31 WHERE: Gallery on High, 5 E. High St., London

Artistic Treasures Art Sale WHEN: 11/29 - 12/31 WHERE: Gallery on High, 5 E. High St., London

Monday, Dec. 24 CHRISTMAS EVE

Tuesday, Dec. 25 CHRISTMAS DAY - Merry Christmas!

Family Movie Night - Ice Age: Continental Drift WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: London Public Library

Artistic Treasures Art Sale WHEN: 11/29 - 12/31 WHERE: Gallery on High, 5 E. High St., London

Monday, Dec. 31

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Have something for the January 2013 or a future calendar? Please ssend ALL details in the above format to david@madisoncountychamber.org by the third Monday of the month before the activity.

Madison County Future Inc. has successful year in retaining and creating jobs and investment in Madison County • • • • • • •

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Jobs Created or Retained (TOTAL) – 883 (3,630 since 2007) Total New or Retained Payroll Created in County = $24,180,000 Small Business Counseling Sessions – 64 (a 17% increase over 2011) New Small Business Jobs – 81 New Small Businesses – 11 Large Employer Expansion and Retention Projects Completed – 2 Economic Development Dollars Sought - $140,000

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Economic Development Dollars Won - $140,000 Public Infrastructure Projects – SR29/I70 Interchange Countywide Investment in Economic Development by Public and Private Partners = $72,978.06 Investment made in Madison County by New Employers/Expansions/Retentions = $50,000,000 Return on Investment* (ROI) = 586%

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Mad About Business Thanks to our renewed Chamber & Community Investors! (Those who renewed in Nov. 2012)

RE/MAX Leading Edge First United Methodist Church Ralph Parsons Farm Partnership Farm Credit Services of Mid-America London Dental Care Loving Care Madison County Hospital Buckey Ford Mercury Boyd Garage Door LLC Walmart Fischnick Photography Nelson and Ball Heating Tolles Career & Technical Center Kentucky Fried Chicken/Long John Silvers MATCO Services Flyers Pizza & Subs Procter Center London Coffee Peddler Schenker Construction Sim’s Construction J S Custom Graphics & Computers and Sheehy Systems Choctaw Lake POA Andrix & Herman Insurance Jefferson Local Schools Remedy Intelligent Staffing Lifetime Vision Center O’Connor’s Office Products FDIS_Central Ohio 3D Enterprises Home Care by Black Stone Mid-Ohio Harley-Davidson, Inc. PNC Bank Basinger, Inc. New York Life Insurance Company Triec Electrical Services Wilson Printing & Graphics Wildman & Associates LLC Rent-2-Own Jefferson Industries Columbia Gas The Abbey Gift Shop Dr. James Tetz

Stites Enterprises, Inc. Green & Sons, LTD St. Patrick Elementary School Forrest Trucking Co. Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home, Inc. Deer Creek Honey Farms Ltd. Denes Tree Farm, Ltd. Stanley Electric US Co, Inc. CIRES, Inc. Electrical Services Equipment Specialists, Inc. Advantage Bank MT Business Technologies, Inc. Dwyer Insurance Agency Coughlin Automotive Madison Messenger London Parts Co. London City Schools Village of West Jefferson The Olde Country Shoppe Madison Tree & Landscape Company, Madison Equipment Obstretrics & Gynecology of London, Inc. American Red Cross of Madison County London Eagles 950 John M. Pyle Madison County Tire Newsome Electric Co. Madison Lawn Care Nissen Chemitec America, Inc. Jewett’s IGA Sheffield Manor Apartments Mabe’s Clothing & Athletic Apparel Gary W. Londergan Huntington Bank C & R Express Kronk & Scaggs Insurance Inc. Royal Cabinets JH Architects, Inc. Holland Builders Bryce Hill, Inc. Hay, Dr. C.T. The Madison Press Central Ohio Financial Management Group, LLC Smile Works Family Dentistry

Flax Law Firm, LLC- Midland Title Kellogg Sales Company Dan Hatfield Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Dwyer Bros Hardware Dublap-Hay Insurance Agency Ruscilli Construction FirstMerit Bank Janie Cox RE/MAX Leading Edge O’Reilly Auto Parts Cappy’s Pizza Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Ann & Tony’s Pizza Alexandra’s Bed & Breakfast Brewer Plumbing & Heating Merchants National Bank Champaign Residential Services David J. Baddour DDS Haslett Heating & Cooling, Inc. BST, Inc. Advanced Drainage Systems Donato’s Pizza Intelligrated Products, LLC Armaly Brands Columbus State Community College Village of Mt. Sterling United Way of Clark, Champaign, & Madison Counties Sheffield Veterinary Hospital, LTD Madison/Champaign Educational Service Center Fairbrook Homes The Madison Senior Living Community London Public Library

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Madison County Chamber of Commerce Elects New Board Directors and Officers At its November 6 board of directors meeting, the incoming and returning Madison County Chamber of Commerce board directors nominated and elected by closed ballot officers for 2013. Through an incredible vote of confidence, the board directors elected Mike Boerger of Boerger Farms for his fourth term as President of the board of directors. No other Chamber investor representative has ever served for more than two years. “It’s very gratifying to be rewarded the support of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and serve as it’s President for a fourth year,” said Boerger. “The Chamber isn’t the same organization it was when I took office three years ago. The Organization has evolved constantly over the past several years to better serve our member investors, as well as the greater Madison County business community.” When asked about his goals for the organization for 2013, Boerger replied, “This coming year it’s my goal to continue the Board’s efforts, with the valuable feedback and support from our investors as well as our Community, to reevaluate present programs and services that are provided by the Chamber. This will always be done in a fiscally sound manner to provide the biggest return to our investors’ membership dollars.

What is a “Mad Cow” Mob? Madison County “Mad Cow” mobs, modeled after the cash mob concept, is a group of people who assemble at a local business and purchase items. the purpose of the “Mad Cow” mobs are to support the local businesses and our local economy. For more information, please contact Kayla Sanders, Investor Relations & Activities Manager at 740-852-2250 x2 or at kayla@madisoncountychamber.org

Chamber, CVB, CIC welcome new staffer!

1076 Eagleton Blvd. London, OH 614-486-2000

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce welcomes their new Investor Relations and Activities Manager, Kayla Sanders. A native of Dublin, Ohio Kayla is a recent graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Kayla joins the Chamber with experience in event planning and marketing after interning with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kayla enjoys spending time with her family and friends and also being with her dog Ally. She loves sports and enjoys playing volleyball and softball. Kayla was born a Buckeye but will always cheer on her Bobcats to a victory!

OhioHealth Heart & Vascular Physicians group ribbon cutting on November 15, 2012 are from left to right in front: Kayla Sanders, Madison County Chamber of Commerce; Mike Boerger, Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Board President; Dr. Nicholas Maksim, OhioHealth; Beth Taulbee, OhioHealth; Celeste Thieman, OhioHealth; Rebecca Barbeau, OhioHealth; Curt Niekamp, OhioHealth; and Sean Hughes, Madison County Chamber of Commerce. Back row are David Jackson, Madison County Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Howard Levin, OhioHealth; Mike Reichfield, OhioHealth; Devin Hamilton, The Madison Press; and Ellen Smith, OhioHealth. OhioHealth Heart & Vascular Physicians is located at 1076 Eagleton Blvd. in London. Learn more by calling 614-486-2000. Photo by Jim Rinaldi, Wide Studios

Kayla would like to thank the investors and the Chamber board for the very warm welcome!

289 Lafayette St. London, Ohio 740-852-FITT (3488) Celebrating a Grand Reopening Friday morning November 16, 2012, are Fit By Design new owners Angie Naples and Linda Blankenship. Joining in the ribbon cutting ceremony are from left to right: Kendra Hatfield, Fit By Design; Bill Beathard, Madison County Future Inc. CIC Board Member & Dwyer Insurance; Kayla Sanders, Madison County Chamber of Commerce; Mike Boerger, Madison County Chamber of Commerce Board President & Boerger Farms; Angie Naples, Fit By Design; Devin Hamilton, The Madison Press & Madison County Chamber of Commerce and CIC Board Member; Linda Blankenship, Fit By Design; Merril Geiss, The Madison Press; and David Jackson, Madison County Chamber of Commerce. Fit By Design is located at 289 Lafayette Street in London. For more information, call 740-852-FITT (3488). Photo By Jim Rinaldi, Wide Studios

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Wrap up your Christmas shopping locally! By Sean Hughes Dollars spent in our community for Christmas stay and recirculate in our local economy. This strengthens our communities. To reward local Christmas shopping, your Madison County Chamber of Commerce will be wrapping up to $100 worth of gifts if you can show us receipts for a minimum of $100 purchased in Madison County and its communities. If you have one item that exceeds $100, we will still wrap that one item. Walmart of London is sponsoring this year’s “Wrapping Station.” Local shoppers can stop by the Chamber at 730 Keny Blvd., London during regular office hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) up until Friday, Dec. 21. We will have an assortment of children’s and adult wrapping paper to suit your friends and family. So stop by this holiday season and get your LOCAL Christmas shopping all wrapped up! We thank our local London Walmart for sponsoring this activity!

Don’t forget Christmas presents for your furry friends! Monday - Friday: 1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday: 1 - 7 p.m. Saturday: 12 - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Bring this coupon, spend $25 and get a FREE gift bag or tote. We have a huge sales wall filled with items for canines, felines and even humans! Leashes, toys, beds, treats, aprons, microwave heat pads, blankets, bag holders and so much more! Coupon is valid thru Dec. 31, 2012. 2020 ST RT 142 NE (Plain City-Georgesville Rd.) West Jefferson, OH z 614-879-8368 z www.hsmcohio.com

Madison Monthly

Highlighting the People, Places, Businesses and Activities of Madison County, Ohio

730 Keny Blvd., London, OH 43140 740-852-2250 PUBLISHER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Sean K. Hughes

Happy Holidays from your friends at the

BOARD PRESIDENT Mike Boerger, Boerger Farms MANAGING EDITOR David K. Jackson

convention & visitors bureau

ASSOCIATE EDITOR Kayla Sanders PHOTO EDITOR Jim Rinaldi, Wide Photographic Studios COMMUNITY RELATIONS & DISTRIBUTION CHAIR Kerri Ferguson, Main Street Treasures FUNDRAISING & ADVERTISING CHAIR Cathy Allen, Hurt-Battelle Mem. Library

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