Spring weather spawns more activity

Spring continues to tease us with a few warm, sunny days followed by a cold snap. But that rollercoaster ride is one of the perks of living in the Ohio Valley. Activities are increasing and more and more people are out and about, walking, biking and enjoying the chance to be outdoors or at events with friends and family.

YTR Produce


The Yorkville United Methodist Church’s Food Pantry has been affiliated with the Mid-Ohio Food Distribution Program since 2008. This Produce Distribution Program is an extension of this affiliation. The Produce Program is eligible for up to 10,000 pounds of produce each month. Ohio Jobs and Family Services guidelines will determine eligibility. There is no cost to any of the churches or local organizations for this program.

Recently, Gloria Closser of the Yorkville UMC was contacted by a representative of the Mid-Ohio Program and asked to determine if there is sufficient interest to establish a monthly Produce Distribution Program, in a larger geographic area. After meeting with representatives from area churches and organizations, it was determined that this would be a valuable program to have in our area. The geographic area to be served includes: Yorkville, Tiltonsville, Rayland, Deep Run, Upland Heights, Glen Robbins, Connorville and Rush Run. Tentative plans are to serve 250 families each month. To date, representatives of the Yorkville, Tiltonsville, and Rayland United Methodist Churches, St. Lucy’s Catholic Church of Yorkville, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Tiltonsville and the Rush Run Community Chapel have enthusiastically endorsed the program and have agreed to lead the effort to establish the Produce Distribution Program. Other organizations that will assist include: the Yorkville VFD, Y-T-R United Methodist Men, Warren Township Lions Club, V.F.W. Post 4811 of Yorkville, Boy Scout Troop # 460. The Yorkville VFD will be the point of delivery and serve as the distribution center. The initial distribution is planned for Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. There will also be a food distribution on Saturday, July 14. Patrons will be notified of subsequent distributions as they are scheduled. Coordinators have requested that Mid-Ohio continue the YTR Program on the second Saturday of each month. This program will not impact, but will complement, the current Food Pantry efforts sponsored by the Yorkville United Methodist Church or St. Lucy’s and St. Joseph’s – St. Vincent Helping Hands.

The coordinators of the YTR Food Distribution request that all patrons please bring bags in which to put your food items for carry out.

Contact Gloria Closser 859-4859, Rev. Dan Holt 859-3206 or Rev. Tom Thomas 859-3013 for additional information.

WT Baseball

The Warren Township Baseball League is sponsoring its fourth annual spaghetti dinner on April 28 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Indian Club on Rose Avenue in Tiltonsville. Dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, roll and dessert. Sponsors are asking for a $6 donation per dinner to help with operating expenses for the upcoming season. Eat in or carry out. Raffles will be held throughout the day as well as a 50/50 drawing. Your support is greatly appreciated. Contact Jeff Hesske at 740-314-9345 for further details.

Church News

The Rush Run Community Chapel invites all persons in our YTR area “55 and Over” to be honored guests at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, May 6. The sermon topic will be “The Authority of a Believer. Everyone in attendance is invited to join members in a luncheon afterwards. Contact Donna Jokovich at 859-6454.


As nice weather arrives, many organizations request tag days within the village. Officials would like to remind organizations that all tag days must be approved by council prior to the date requested. Only two tag days are approved per month and none are approved to run on consecutive weeks.

Effective Monday, April 30, garbage pickup throughout the village will be on Mondays and Fridays. Collection of yard waste will be on Wednesdays. Do not mix trash with yard waste, as workers will not pick up bags that are mixed. This poses problems when workers attempt to dispose of the yard waste. Officials would like to take this opportunity to commend their workers for the outstanding job that they do for the village and its residents. It is greatly appreciated.

Relay for Life

Teams are gearing up for the eighth annual Buckeye Local Relay for Life. The goal this year is to raise $57,000. The Relay will be held at Buckeye Local High School on June 1-2. Luminaria forms in memory or in honor of a loved one are available from any team member. Pictures of Hope, a power point tribute with pictures of loved ones will run continuously during the Luminaria ceremony. These can be purchased by contacting Jennifer Aubrey at jennifer.aubrey@omeresa. net. Photos can be emailed to jnaubrey@comcast.net, please put “Relay for Life PowerPoint” in the subject line.

The Central Office Relay team in conjunction with St. Frances Cabrini Church, will sponsor a huge rummage sale at the Church Hall, Colerain, on Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you enjoy garage sales you won’t want to miss this one!

The Indian Club

Since beginning to write the YTR & More column, I have had discussions with many residents about civic organizations, clubs, churches and people who embody the positive spirit of YTR. Recently I received the following from Indian Club member, Chuck Haggerty. It is with pride that I include it in my column, as my father was a founding member and long time officer of the “club”. It is presented in its entirety as written by Chuck:

When I saw the column “YTR and More” and took a moment to think about who or what organization exemplified the theme of the column, one organization immediately came to mind that fits the title of “YTR and More.” Anyone who has attended a game at the Warren Township LL field in Tiltonsville has driven right past a brown brick building, probably seen the big wooden sign in the front that reads “The Indian Club of Tiltonsville,” and maybe wondered what that organization was all about. Well, The Indian Club is known as the place”Where Good Friends Meet.” This organization has been, and continues to be, a very good friend to the YTR and surrounding communities since being established in 1935.

The Indian Club has a current membership of more than 400 members, with that membership ranging in age from 21 to in their late 80s, and is made up of a diverse group of members from all walks of life. “The Club” as it is commonly known is a melting pot of people who are employed in a vast array of professions. These professions include, but are not limited to, all trades in the construction field; mill workers; mechanics; school teachers, administrators, and board of education members from multiple school districts in Ohio; current and former elected state, county, township and village officials from multiple areas in Ohio; small and large business owners; musicians; law enforcement and correctional employees; bankers; attorneys; postal employees; employees from all areas of the medical field; multiple high school and college coaches and officials; as well as retirees from all of those areas and more.

You would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know an Indian Club member, especially in the YTR area. If you have participated on school athletics teams at Buckeye Local, summer baseball or softball teams in WT or youth football with the Young Buckeyes, you have directly benefited in some form or fashion from the generosity of the members of the Indian Club. They have been a sponsor of WT baseball since 1950. The Indian Club has sponsored, or provided the facility, for fundraisers for WT Girls Softball; Young Buckeyes Football; “Meet the Candidate” functions; as well as for charity events to help those who have been the victim of devastating injuries and illnesses. They have supported the Buckeye Local High School and Jr High booster organizations for Football, Wrestling, Baseball and Basketball fundraisers; purchased program ads for the various game programs; and have purchased sponsorship signs for the football and baseball fields in the YTR area. They have continued this support even during difficult financial times that have threatened their continued existence, but they have found a way to survive. The Indian Club has sponsored athletic teams comprised of their members in Men’s Softball, Bowling, Billiard and Dart leagues, and they have a weekly Golf league at Paradise Hills. They also operate a Sportsman’s Club within the organization that serves those members who find outdoor camping, boating and fishing more to their liking and enjoyment.

In today’s society of “bigger is better’ and “what’s in it for me”, service organizations like The Indian Club are a dying breed, and that’s a shame. It is more and more uncommon to find an organization that is more concerned about what they can do for you than they are what you can do for them. The residents of the YTR community have just such a place, and it’s called The Indian Club”Where Good Friends Meet.”

Event Reminders

Sunday, April 22: The Yorkville Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fire hall. Call 859-2585 for information.

Saturday, April 28: 7 a.m. to noon, The Lions Club is holding a pancake breakfast at the Tiltonsville United Methodist Church.