CUPCAKE CONNECTION – Who doesn’t love cupcakes? Who doesn’t want to help out the Jackson Area YMCA? The two will come together on Saturday evening, March 9 when the annual Cupcake Wars event is held at the YMCA in Jackson.
There are four ways to participate – as a baker, spectator, master chef patron, or sous chef patron. Bakers compete in adult and children divisions with cupcakes judged on space design, cupcake design and overall taste. Entries must be received at the YMCA by next Saturday, March 2. Two of the most accomplished local cupcake bakers, Karisa DeLay and Cindy Cross, stopped by the Total Media office last week to promote the Cupcake Wars and offer samples of their truly delicious cupcakes. They were great!!!
Other features will include cash prizes, with first-place being $100; a live auction of cupcakes to take home, including the overall “Cupcake Wars” winners; and live music featuring vocalist Amber Broermann, with musicians Mike (Eagle) Morgan, Jerry Morgan and Pat (Snoots) Eisnaugle.
Admission for spectators is only $5 per person, which includes five “tasting tickets.” For those who want to indulge even more, additional tasting tickets can be purchased. The master chef patron and sous chef patron are sponsorship-level donations. Remember, the money goes to help support the YMCA and its very positive presence in the community.
Good luck to new YMCA Executive Director Tim Harvey and new Program Coordinator Anna Spittler as they continue to work on the first year of important leadership roles as they fill the shoes of the departed former executive director, Shadra Jenkins. 
By the way, in case you haven’t heard, Shadra did make the cut and was hired by Delta Airlines as a flight attendant. She will be taking that positive personality and dazzling smile to new heights.
THE HEITZMAN CONNECTION – In the Wellston City School District, the name of Heitzman is regarded as music royalty. 
The late Dane Heitzman, who died in 2010, was a revered and accomplished band director at Wellston High School (WHS) for a total of 23 years before retiring in 1975. His wife, Lillian, taught instrumental music to elementary school students in the Wellston School District while her husband was serving as the band director. Positive memories of the Heitzmans were rekindled last week when the news was received here that Lillian had died at the age of 103.
The Wellston Band Boosters offered the following tribute on the group’s Facebook page: “It’s with great sadness we learned of the passing of Lillian Heitzman. Mrs. Heitzman, along with her husband, Dane, were the educators that established the excellence in music education in Wellston that continues to this day. They taught and mentored generations of Wellston youth. Retiring from teaching in 1975, both are still remembered fondly. Mrs. Heitzman was 103 years young.” The Band Boosters Facebook post includes many tribute comments which evidence the standing the Heitzmans had and have in the Wellston City School District and by the many students whose lives they touched.
Telegram Sports Editor Todd Compston, who grew up in Wellston and graduated from WHS in 1980, has fond memories of both Dane and Lillian. She was his first instructor and her knowledge and encouragement had much to do with Todd developing into an excellent trumpet player. Todd also recalls his disappointment when Dane retired just before he entered high school. He remembered the Heitzmans lived in a big house just across South Pennsylvania Avenue from the old Wellston High School.
Lillian’s positive musical impact extended beyond Wellston. She developed a marching and concert band in the Hamden Schools and worked with students ranging from the fourth grade through high school. When the Hamden Schools were part of the Vinton County Local Schools consolidation in 1967, she was offered a music post in the new school, but opted instead to come to Wellston to mentor elementary-level students. She began her career by teaching music at both Coalton and South Webster.
After their retirement, the Heitzmans moved from Wellston to California to be near their son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. They were married for 70 years at the time of Dane’s death. Although there will be local services, her ashes, along with Dane’s, will be interred in Ridgewood Cemetery in Wellston.
QUOTE CONNECTION – “They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad to realize that I’m going to miss mine by a few days.” – Garrison Keillor.

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