Archive for February, 2010

Newsletter Feb 24, 2010

Newark, Ohio Links has continued progress and I’m happy to say that more and more links are not links that I have found, but rather those that have been submitted. Thanks to those that submitted and I hope that the link helps you get some good interest and traffic in your websites.

Country Cupboard In Downtown Newark, Ohio

Country Cupboard is the latest addition that was added when they found me. (Please forgive my excitement over something this simple, but it’s taken much time and work work to get to this point.) Country Cupboard does many things, but what I always enjoyed was their salad bar. It’s not just a salad bar, it has everything. You can load up your your plate and take it with you so that you have your lunch and healthy snacks for the rest of the day all on one plate. The ladies working there are really nice and they appreciate your business. I highly recommend checking out their offerings. Sometimes their hours are a little strange, but they cater too, so they have to juggle their efforts at times.fsd

Wayward Political Blogging On The Advocate

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I’ve tried to stay away from political blogging because opinions are rarely changed, very rarely does anything amount to more than a pointless hooray-for-my-side rant, and it’s a serious time-waster in general. I took an interest when the Newark Advocate struck up some chords with the Licking County Animal Shelter. By the end of the discussions, I had been called many names, Dodgeball Player, being my favorite (I was always horrible at Dodgeball). I had proven that a complaint that the shelter was hiding misdeeds because they required volunteers to consent to a form was frivolous. I had been called a homophobe because I presented my opinion that is inline with many thousand officers that feel that open homosexuality in the ranks will cause a burden on the military.

I went into these discussions knowing that I had something to offer. I knew I could prove that the there were baseless accusations on the animal shelter and I have military service and understand the harsh situations that combat arms soldiers are presented with. I don’t want to do one thing to add to their burdens and I don’t think that people understand what a culture shift like open homosexuality does to add to their burdens. I don’t think any of the goals were accomplished. The only thing that may have been accomplished was that I assured others that feel the same way that I do that they are not alone, a service of which I’m sure they didn’t need.

I also learned that local Newark, Ohio politics are nasty on the web! My suggestion, go ahead and read the comments at the Advocate for entertainment value only. Once you get pulled into the discussion, you’ll be forced to explain your position over and over with numerous examples. They will pick apart each one with no substantiation and try to end any opposition by simply calling you stupid(or a vulgar synonym of stupid).

The only good that I see from blogging on newspapers is that reporters are forced to face the opinions of others, no matter how outlandish they may be. I have noticed that the majority of comments will lean towards or add to the reporters side of the story. If you want to have fun, just throw in a comment that leans the other way. It’s a great way to find out what the favorite term for those with you view is.

So for any of people who followed me on The Advocate, I’m not a hating Homophobe, I’m not mean to puppies, and I’ll let you decide my intelligence level for yourself.

Snow In Newark, Ohio

Newark, Ohio’s plow crews are notoriously inadequate. They gave a long winded reason as to why by comparing themselves to Heath. The take-away from this was that there really aren’t many plans for change and that people should just do what they can themselves. Any private person that destroys any public property(curbs, power poles, etc.) is liable for damage.

Keep this in mind when you see the costs for a private company you may hire to plow for you. The risks are substantial and they must pay for insurance to cover this. Many plow companies use their trucks for other things throughout the year and use the plowing to substain them through the winter. Some winters may not provide enough income to support the side business, so that moves the price up as well. Since snow plow businesses come from many different types of business(excavating, towing, landscape, etc.), use the link search function with the word “snow” in the search to find them.

As always, contact me with any comments or suggestions and if you want to add a link related to Newark, Ohio, you can do it here. Thanks for the continued support of Newark, Ohio Links!

Lose Weight In Newark, Ohio

Lose weight? Alright, what are you trying to sell us? A magic pill, see-food diet, potion, ab machine, what?

Don’t worry, I’m not selling anything here. I’m talking about dealing with a serious problem that we all know about, but fail to act on. I don’t care what the stats are. One trip to Wal-Mart and I know we’ve got  a problem. Oh yeah, I’m part of the problem myself, so don’t get defensive either.

You can find your own diet, and there are some diet centers in the area. I’ve lost it all before and I find them to be nonsense, but if they get you started on the right track, use them. The best thing about losing weight in Newark, Ohio is the vast facilities available to us. You know, that part of losing weight that nobody wants to talk about.

I’ll let the more shy among us in on a secret too. If you’re worried about the unsightly blubber in the gym, don’t be. With they epidemic proportion of overweight people, there are many there with the same problem. Many of the thin folks used to have the problem as well. You’re not there to impress anyone and nobody else is there to care what you look like or what you are doing.

First on the list is the Newark, Ohio YMCA.  It is a great facility overall. Everything I’ve ever wanted to lose weight is there with only a few exceptions. The pool and the indoor running track are the added extras no other facility in the area matches. The problem is that it’s a dumping ground for parents who don’t want to watch your children. It’s great they have a place to go, but they will hinder your ability to workout. Don’t bother asking the management to deal with them either. Just accept that this is a part of the Y, do your best to avoid them,  and get on with your chosen weight loss regimen. If you have a family, there is no more affordable facility than the YMCA.

The Advantage Club is by far the most athlete oriented of the facilities. The staff is very serious and the facilities are top-notch. If you want to pay the extra money for a no-nonsense workout facility this is it. Their staff has every type of training and class you could want to meet your needs. I highly recommend them.

For more on the facilities in the area – you can check the Sports, Leisure, and Recreation section.

The facilities in the area are great, but what is even better is the free outdoor activities! Newark, has many miles of trails in the park system. Dawes Arboretum has paved roads and wooded trails to enjoy. Lately, the weather has caused me to prefer the padded indoor track at the YMCA, but as soon as the weather breaks, it’s back to the great outdoors.

There are many complaints concerning Newark, Ohio that the average citizen can really do much about. Improving the quality of your life through exercise and maintaining your fitness however is all up to you. Everything is here, accessible, and affordable.

February 7, 2010 Newark, Ohio Links Newsletter

Finally a decent snow! I was glad to see a good one come to Central Ohio and I’ll be glad to see it go. The sled riding, bad drivers in ditches, getting cold and warming up with hot coffee, what more could we ask for. I hope all enjoyed it. Having it hit on the weekend was another plus.

Gas Stations Added

Newark, Ohio Gas Stations

If you’re wondering why I added gas station websites to the directory, I was also. We all know where they’re at and there are many websites that will tell you the price of their gasoline. After visiting a few, it became clear that cost saving offers and credit lines are a few reasons you may want to know.  There is tight competition with gas stations and sometimes they cannot lower the price of the fuel, but they can offer reward points and other incentives to get you to shop there. Sometimes the incentives save more money than searching for cheaper fuel.

Chain Fast Food Restaurants Added

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I added more chain fast food restaurants for the same reasons that I added gas stations. If you haven’t checked their websites lately, you can find some really good specials from their websites. You can also find all of the nutrition information quickly. For example, Sonic doesn’t have hardly anything under 700 calories! There’s not much use stopping there unless you really have room for it.






Licking County Animal Shelter

This week was a tough news week for the Licking County Animal Shelter.  Some animal rights activists got a copy of surveillance video from through a Freedom Of Information Act clause. From what I can see, the video is just the job that you would expect to be done at an animal shelter, but the animal rights folks are in an uproar. They’re calling for some Licking County employees to lose their positions because they feel that this was inhumane treatment.

The point I take from it all is that the Animal Shelter is a horrible end for an animal and that we should all do what we can to keep animals out of them. I don’t buy dogs when there are so many available from homes that can no longer maintain pets and dogs in shelters. I find it a waste to promote breeding for money when there are dogs that will do just fine awaiting a horrible death.

I think that it should be a law that all pets are spayed or neutered unless one pays for a special breeders license to cover the costs for the problems over-population presents.

I have to fine mutts that were destined for the animal shelter that are GREAT dogs. I had another for 14 years that was destined for doom before we answered the “free to good home” ad as well.  I had dogs before that who were “rescued” as well. They have all been as fine as pets as any pure-bred I’ve seen. You can find pure-bred dogs that need a home too though. Please consider these dogs before supporting a breeder. You won’t regret it.

I’ll close this newsletter with an excellent local photographer’s website, Randy Lust Photography. He does an excellent job utilizing his camera and software to produce some stunning images and he makes his own wooden frames for sale too!

Newsletter February 1, 2010

Newark, Ohio Links is up to 695 active links at Newark, Ohio Links. Since our last newsletter, there have been some additions, most notably, more blogs and feeds. We also had had some fun news as a Columbus, Ohio radio station started poking some good fun at our fair city. Newark, Ohio residents defended the city with a song of their own. You can hear the Newark, Ohio songs here.

Dog And Cat Immunization Clinic

I picked up this handy information from Craigslist about dog and cat vaccinations at Cherry Valley Animal Clinic. This looks handy for taking care or dogs and cats when money is tight or you don’t have time for normal business hours.

Cherry Valley Animal Clinic. Have your dog or cat vaccinated for $10.00 per vaccine. Every Wednesday 4-6p.m. No appointment needed. Cash only. Pet owners who do not have regular veternarians are encouraged to come. Please email for more information.

Joe McClain Scam Complaints

I received some nasty e-mails regarding some posts I wrote concerning Joe McClain. I can’t believe this guy has supporters! He ripped off the elderly, families with disabled children, and the poverty stricken, but his community of business associates still supports him? I won’t continue the craziness by posting the e-mails, but in short, people asked me nicely to “quit picking on him” because he’s in jail now. I was alerting the public to him and others like him. He’ll be out of jail soon and we all need to know about predators like him.

News Feeds Updated

If you haven’t been following the Newark, Ohio Links RSS Feeds, you may want to check them out. I was having trouble following those that user Blogger blogs, but I think we’ve found a fix. This will allow me to include many more blogs as I find them.

Links Not Related To Newark, Ohio?

I’ve been posting some links not related to Newark, Ohio. I do this to help with the entire experience of living here. There are many good aspects to living in a smaller city, but access to the best goods and services is not one of them. I try to fill those holes with links to goods and services where Newark either fails completely or just isn’t competitive.

Technology changes everything and learning what alternatives you have improves your lifestyle. Newark, Ohio Links attempts to keep up with those changes and post them as they happen.

If you have comments or suggestions, feel free to contact me!

Mark Spearman, Webmaster at Newark, Ohio Links

Create Your Own Themes For Blogger And More

Artisteer - Web Design GeneratorWeb Design Generator – Artisteer was my secret for a little while. I could create high quality website design for most clients needs very easily without the use of a graphic designer and theme coder. I kept my prices very low with it. As popularity has gained and Artisteer has worked out the bugs,  I can promote this web design tool with full confidence.

I’ve noticed many Newark, Ohio blogs are either on Blogger or there are sister websites for companies that are done with the Blogger system. has everything needed for a great blog and they rank very easily in the search engines. The problem is that the themes are limited and it’s difficult to brand your blog with your own graphics. Artisteer allows you to design your own Blogger theme using their suggested graphics or your own photos and designs.

There is a free trial version. You will be amazed how you can create a template with the point and click interface. The professional result is nothing short of amazing. If you have ever tried coding a template or paid the price for a developer to create one, you’ll fully appreciate the ease Artisteer provides at such a reasonable price.

Artisteer is a Windows program. Templates can be created for;

Publishing a template with Blogger is very simple. Simply use Artisteer’s built in upload function with your username/password and blog title, and Artisteer takes care of the rest. The other system require the normal procedure for uploading a theme.

The price is low enough that even the casual Blogger can afford to make their blog unique and professional.

Another use for Artisteer is creating a theme that is very close to what you desire. If there are any limitations with Artisteer, you save the designer time getting close to what you want. This saves you money, time, and frustration. Many designers can take your Artisteer file and tweak it to your specifications.

Give it a try! The trial version is free to explore unlimited design ideas. There are watermarks created by the trial version, but they are removed as soon as you purchase and license your copy.

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