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With a little help from his friends

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For Jorden Stock, his senior project included recruiting fellow Jonathan Alder classmates to a series of recording sessions with their original musical compositions.The result, “Alder Natives” — a five-song, 19-minute EP, available in select locations around Plain City.“Our senior projects have to do with your community, your education or your career,” Stock said. “You have to pick two, and I chose career and community.”Stock plans on making his musical passion his career choice.The proceeds from the CD sales will benefit Jonathan Alder choir students going to New York at the end of the month.


It takes some do

When we started D.A.R.E. in Madison County 25 years ago, I used to say that kids are kids no matter what age. That’s not entirely true today due to the challenging environments kids face every day. That’s not to say that there weren’t any challenges 25 years ago, but while they were different, they seemed to be fewer in number. Alcohol abuse, smoking, and marijuana as well as self-esteem and self-confidence were the major challenges.

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Plain City cops arrest former village employee

A former Plain City employee is slated for arraignment in Madison County Municipal Court on Wednesday, April 16, charged with stealing 214 gallons of gas from a village-owned pump between Feb. 20 and April 13.Eric P. Diaz, 43, of Columbus, was arrested just after 6 a.m. on April 13 after allegedly pumping nine gallons of gas from a pump at the wastewater treatment plant, 216 Central Ave. Diaz resigned as the wastewater treatment plant superintendent in January 2013.

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Pioneers struggle to score, drop three straight

The plug apparently has been pulled on the Jonathan Alder baseball team’s offensive production.After starting the season 6-0 and scoring 58 runs in the process, the Pioneers have struggled in the last week, scoring a grand total of two run in three tough losses.The latest setback was a 3-1 loss at Elgin Thursday, April 17. Alder could only muster four hits and scored the lone run, leaving starting pitcher Mitchell Eye with nothing to show from a strong pitching per...

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Alder’s streak continues, improves to 10-1

There’s no hotter team in Madison County than the Jonathan Alder softball squad.The Lady Pioneers (10-1, 6-0 in MOAC Red Division) have won 10 games in a row after opening the season with a disappointing loss at Bishop Hartley.This week’s list of wins included a weekend sweep of Olentangy Liberty, as well as a couple lopsided league victories.Game 1Jonathan Alder 7,Olentangy Liberty 1...

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Here’s what to do with those ‘rabbit’ eggs

The spring holidays, whether Christian, Jewish or secular signify renewal, freedom from oppression, a rebirth of sorts. They are partially a celebration of all the best things about the season.For Christians, Easter signifies the resurrection of Jesus and His subsequent ascendance into Heaven — a time of rebirth.

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We have been doing a lot of spring cleaning

It’s already Thursday, the deadline for me to get this column out in the mail. This week our five children are home on spring break. The boys have been cleaning out the barn and hauling manure. The girls have been helping with the spring cleaning and also cleaning up the yard. We’ve had a few nice days this week now. It gives you the eagerness to want to plant the garden. Our garden hasn’t dried up enough yet but with these nice sunny days maybe it will soon. I am also hopin...

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Labeling genetically modified foods

I’m surprised that genetically modified foods aren’t required to be labeled. Why aren’t they?This remains a controversial topic, and there are points to be made on both sides. Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which does not require genetically modified foods to be labeled, encourages food manufacturers to do so voluntarily because people are increasingly interested in knowing more about the food they’re eating.Opponents...

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What does Easter mean to you?

Luke records these words, “When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified Him there.” (Luke 23:33) The death of Jesus Christ is one of the most important events in history. His birth is the first most important because without a Virgin birth, His crucifixion would be no different than any other. But we know that Jesus was (and is) God’s Son so that’s why His death was so meaningful. But the Bible doesn’t say a lot about His death, other than He w...

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Where did the Old Testament come from?

The obvious starting point is God. Unlike the Koran, the Hebrew Scriptures do not claim to be dictated by God. They are recognized as the writings of men whom God inspired. But there were a lot of such writings, so who decides what is included? You often hear about “Lost Books of the Bible” which were never included in the Bible and were not really lost. The Bible did not come with a table of contents. Someone had to decide what to include.

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A pedicure that cured all my pet peeves

Since I was a young person, I always had some pets around. Most of these have been dogs, hunting dogs in particular. And I loved my pets.In getting older, I discovered that having a pet dog around is a lot of work. More work than I care to do in light of my busy schedule. So I have exchanged these pet dogs for a few pet peeves.One pet peeve of mine is when a waitress calls me “Sweetie.” I do not know, it just gets under my skin. Of course, it might be good fo...

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Beans and weenies are as American as apple pie and tax time

There’s a big, black bird that comes at the end of January to perch on my shoulder. A constant presence, its talons dig in just enough to remind me it’s there. Oh, yes it weighs a ton.After two and a half months — the middle of April — its weight is really oppressive. I have to get rid of it. Then, suddenly it’s gone — along with a chunk of me (or at least my wallet).By now you must have figured out what plagues me, you and all the res...

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We are so glad that warmer weather is here

April is here, bringing us warmer temperatures. Monday was nice and warm. We hung all the laundry outside on the lines. By evening all of it was dry. How nice to be able to wash the clothes and put them away the same day. It is laundry day again today but it doesn’t look like we will be able to hang the clothes outside. It is rainy and very windy. I’m wondering if we could have a thunderstorm yet today. The frost in the ground is leaving more every day so hopefully it will be okay...

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Enjoy seafood, but do so safely

I read about a seafood processor that was shut down because of food safety concerns. We’re trying to eat more seafood these days. Should we be doing anything special to avoid foodborne illness?Eating more seafood is a great choice for a healthful diet, but it’s good that you’re aware of potential food safety concerns. Outbreaks associated with seafood have been caused by a variety of bugs, including norovirus, salmonella, vibrio and others. And re...

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At the foot of the cross

Next week is a very important week for Christians. We celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thursday, April 17, is Maundy Thursday, followed by Good Friday, April 18, and then Easter Sunday, April 20. (I prefer to refer to it as Resurrection Sunday because it’s easy to lose the meaning of that day by referring to it as Easter Sunday.) At any rate, Jesus took upon Himself the sins for the entire world that was before Him, that was at His time a...

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Is it important who marries?

There are two realities connected to matrimony. There is a religious significance and a political reality. The church views marriage as a covenant while the state views it in legal terms as a contract. The state has the right to regulate contracts and the licensing of those who perform marriage ceremonies. The state may approve same sex marriages. The definition of “marriage” is being changed by a political choice. Dictionaries will follow suit to reflect this new reality. The chu...

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Why I am happy to pay my taxes and other mendacities

Last week I was getting along just fine. Things were being accomplished and I was rather enjoying myself. Dutifully, I was checking off item after item on my “to-do-list.” I love it when a plan comes together. However, at the top of my exuberance, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage stopped me dead in my tracks with a query.She is quite famous, or is it infamous, for pulling these kinds of things on Yours Truly. She has a question for just about every event. Most of ...

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Kind of a ‘Big’ deal

Be careful what you wish for; it may actually come true.The Jonathan Alder High School musicals are always a huge event around Madison County. But this year, this one is really ‘BIG’ as they present the theatrical adaptation of the 1980s Tom Hanks movie this weekend. The show — which opened last night with their always-popular dinner/theatre performance, continues tonight and Saturday evenings, with a Sunday matinee.Once again, director Anne Gorman and ...

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