School’s out for most Pickaway County kids. Thanks to the Herald for publishing pictures of the high school graduates. I attended Teays Valley’s commencement ceremony which was held in the Viking Stadium on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. I was happy to witness all these wonderful youth receiving their diplomas after 12 or more years of diligent educational pursuits. Congratulations and good luck to all of you as you continue on your life’s journey.

Among the Teays Valley High School grads was my grandson, Jamal “C. J.” Glick. His brother, Eric, will be graduating from Hobart Welding School in Troy in July. I also attended the TVMSE eighth grade recognition ceremony for two grandsons, Grant Hossfeld and Tavonte Glick. Grandson, Nathan Glick was honored for being on the seventh grade honor roll all year and named Student of the Year and Mid-Term Student. His sister, Natalie Rose Ann Glick will be going into her sophomore year at TVHS this fall. Grandson, Tarayle Glick is going into seventh grade at TVMSE. The Glicks are the children of Darryl and Jodi Glick.

Caden Hossfeld going into fifth grade and Jeremy into third grade at South Bloomfield Elementary. The Hossfelds are children of Grant and Robin Hossfeld. I also am proud to have several Jamison step-grandchildren entering new grades in Franklin County schools in the fall.

On May 15, The TVMS Blue Block participated in their annual community service day. Among other projects, the students worked with the Red Cross distributing safety information to families and worked on various projects at the Marvin Webster Memorial Park in South Bloomfield. Thanks, guys and gals, for all your good work.

Hopefully, you have all sent in your reservations for the June 2 Ashville-Harrison High School Alumni Banquet at the Ashville Elementary School. If you have not sent in your reservation, please do so. Hope to see you there.

The Pickaway County Historical and Genealogical Library is publishing five-generation charts. If you can come up with a list of five generations of your family, send it to the PCHS. Sign it, giving PCHS permission to publish. These charts will be helpful to future genealogy researchers and you just might discover a relative you didn’t know you had.

Ricky Joe Wippel’s surgery was a success! I received the good news from my daughter, Robin Hossfeld, who was in communication with Ricky’s father, Dale Wippel, that Ricky Joe had received a new liver and was doing well and breathing on his own. Ricky’s surgery was performed at the Cleveland Clinic, lasting from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on May 21. Ricky had been waiting since August 2011 for a liver transplant.

Ricky received a partial liver transplant from a living donor.

“Ricky received 70 percent of the donor’s liver which will grow up to 95 percent of a normal-size liver,” his father said. “I’m very relieved because he was jaundiced all the time, but now Ricky’s color is getting back to pink.’

Dale thanks his co-workers at the Industrial Commission where he works as a delivery worker for their thoughts and prayers and is looking forward to returning to work very soon.

Dale’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wippel, operated the Duvall Kindergarten when my kids were small.

SYMPATHY

Paul E. Riegel (Sept. 4, 1919 - May 19, 2012) Paul is survived by his wife, Ollie Mae (Helvering) Riegel, sons, Dean (Debbie) Riegel; Jeff Riegel, daughters, Sandra (Jon) Hackworth, Lisa Fisher and Laurie Riegel, grand children and great grandchildren.

Maud L. Leatherwood (Aug. 15, 1915 - May 7, 2012) Maud was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Glenn E. Leatherwood. Maude is survived by daughter, Sonia (Neil) Frazier, granddaughter, Melissa Frazier, and great-grandson, Kreg Agin, brother-in-law, Gale (Ann) Leatherwood, and sister-in-law, Joann Leatherwood.

Agnes Klembecki Peters (Oct. 25, 1918 - May 21, 2012) Agnes was married to George Marion Peters, deceased, and later, to Richard E. Peters. Following Richard’s death, Agnes moved to Huntsville, Ala., to be near her son, Gregg, who survives. Agnes is also survived by a daughter, Teena Peters, Phoenixville, Pa.

CELEBRATING SENIORS ANNUAL NOON PICNIC AT THE PARK

Celebrating Seniors will meet at noon on June 7 - note the change from 11:30 a.m. - in the Ashville covered shelter house for their annual summer picnic. Fried chicken, cole slaw, beverages and table service will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring either baked beans, potato salad or a dessert. Call Alice Woolever at 740-983-2875 or e-mail Sandi Oliver at boyd.sandi@gmail.com to make your reservation, and indicate what kind of side dish you are bringing. There will be no meeting following the meal. Please come and visit with friends and neighbors, and just enjoy the fun and fellowship.

CIRCLE OF CARING GARDEN 14TH ANNUAL GARDEN GALA

Sponsored by the Circle of Caring, the Garden Gala will feature residential gardens in the Circleville area. This self-directed tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 9 and 1 to 6 p.m. June 10. For ticket information, call 474-7844 or 474-8371. Pre-sale, $8 and day-of tour, $10. Visit kathykanitz@bergerhealth.com.

BROWN REUNION

Descendants of Joseph and Lucinda Peters Brown will gather for the Brown Reunion on June 9 at the home of Pam Brown and Ellery Elick, Perrill Road. A carry-in meal will begin about 1 p.m. Table service and beverage provided. All Browns, extended Brown family, and friends of Browns are welcome to attend.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all who are celebrating birthdays in June. Anita Nardi, Boyd Oliver, Ann Perrill, Alice Woolever, Linda Burns, June Ankrom, Art Deal, Peg Robbins, Patrick Cherry, Mary Ellen Downs, my son, Darryl Glick,

Scioto Chapel UMC is sponsoring its second annual Tag Sale June 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All kinds of usable goods will be found in the barn, which is located behind the church annex. Food will be served in the Parish Hall at the east end of the church proper. The women of the church will be serving hot shredded chicken and other types of sandwiches, salads, cake, pie, ice cream and strawberries. The church is located at 6337 State Route 316 West.

Vendors may set up tables on the annex lawn for $10 each. Call Mary Ellen Downs, 740-983-2790 or Virgil Fausnaugh, 740-983-3613.

Congratulations to TVHS juniors, Ben Barr, Wessley Call, Austin Finley and Tyler Sisson for being chosen to represent Teays Valley as delegates at the annual Buckeye Boys State program at Bowling Green State University in June. The program is sponsored by the Ohio American Legion.

Teays Valley High School students placing in the local level of the 2012 Congressional Art Competition are Cassidy Meker, first place; Allie Thomas, third place; Sierra Joiner, honorable mention; and Charles Cummins, second place.

Thank you to the following Teays Valley staff members who are retiring at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. We wish them a fond farewell and thank them for their dedication to the district and the students. Susan Campbell, Walnut; Teresa Emerine, East; Pam Johnsen, TVHS; Chris Stallman, East; Joyce Walker, Bus Driver; Marilyn Clifton, Elementaries; Jim Hayes, TVHS; Jane Kline, Walnut; Linda Summers, East/West; Julie Wills, Walnut; Susan Douglas, Ashville; Jeff Helser, TVHS; Perri Lehman, East; Patty Truex, East.

FUN IN THE SUN

The six-week children’s summer program, held in the Ashville Park begins June 7. The free theme-based program, sponsored by the Citizens and Savings Banks, Ashville Community Players, Community Men’s Club, Women’s Civic Club and Sam’s Excavating is free and open to all children, age 4 and up.

On June 7, Cowboy Mark Wood brings his ‘world of magic, crazy comedy, balloon sculpturing and juggling, based on a western theme. Kids will play balloon games and make crafts. Snacks will round out a wonderful morning of fun.

June 14 will be “Art in the Park” day.

On June 21, kids will enjoy visiting with furry friends from Slate Run Metro Park.

Following a break for the 4th of July festival celebration, Fun-In-The-Sun will resume July 12, when the park is turned into an animal kingdom. Kids will learn about animals, their habits and habitat, from their handlers from the Columbus Zoo. Kids will be able to see and touch some of these critters.

COSI will be back again with “It’s Simply Chemistry.” There will be amazing experiments and demonstrations.

To finalize the summer program, on July 26, the Ashville Police Department is planning the morning’s activities around fun with safety.

Direct questions to Barbara Gilbert, 740-983-7243.

WOMAN’S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

The Ashville Women’s Civic Club is asking Ashville residents to nominate a local woman to receive the Ashville 4th of July 2012 Woman’s Distinguished Service Award.

This award is presented, annually, to a civic minded woman who displays outstanding qualities of volunteerism in her church, school, civic groups or by serving in or with multiple organizations. Also, a woman who has made one significant contribution during the past year will be considered. Nominees must be at least fifty years old.

Nominations should be sent to Pat Southward, 125 Maple Street, Ashville, Ohio, 43103 by June 6.

Entry forms for the various 4th of July contests can be picked up at the Ashville Apothecary, the Savings and Citizens Banks and at the Library. Watch for 4th of July booklets with festival schedules which will be coming soon. Stop by the information booth at the park during the 4th of July celebration and say, “Hello” to the folks there.

The booth will be staffed by Ashville Small Town Museum volunteers. T-shirts and museum memorabilia will be there for sale.

The TVHS Class of 1967 will have its 45th reunion July 7 at 6 p.m. at Cooks Creek Golf Club, South Bloomfield. Contact Judy Schooley, 740-474-1074 or Mary Ann Miller, 740-983-2652 for reservations. For those interested in a game of golf prior to dinner, contact Ron White, 614-833-3965.

Stoutsville Camp Meeting will be held July 15-27 at 11515 Main Street, in Stoutsville. 2012 speakers are Rev. Robert M. Gland, Lee Homoki, Hubert Harriman, Bert Jones and Tim Burden. For information, contact Penny Salyer at 614-56-7980 or visit www.stoutsvillecamp.com.

Lots of bargains are to be had at the Pickaway County Friends of Library Used Book Sale on the first and third Saturdays of each month now through September. The next sale is June 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the bus garage at the rear of the library, on N. Court Street, Circleville.

Fairfield Heritage Association presents Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour - June 6-17, 2012. For tour information and to purchase raffle tickets for a Getaway for Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, Ky., call Fairfield Heritage Association at 740-654-9923.

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