Archive for March, 2013

The Sunset Inn In Hebron, Ohio.

Just west of Hebron, Ohio on Route 40, The National Road, there is a great little family owned restaurant. I found this restaurant when I stopped with a friend returning home from a trip from Columbus. After being in Columbus, we thought it be nice to go somewhere a little less crowded than usual and thought that there may be a chance that there was real food here. We were right! Real food and real people. We had interrupted the beginning of their private Christmas party, but they welcomed us in to eat anyhow. 

The Sunset Inn restaurant in Hebron, Ohio.

The Sunset Inn On Route 40 west of Hebron, Ohio.

The first thing that they did was find out our names and where we were from. They were extremely friendly. The food was home-cooked and delicious. I’m not sure how I missed this place in the past. It is a little out of the way and in an unassuming building, but don’t let it fool you. This place is well worth a stop.

I’m not one for the finer details of restaurants. I simply tell it like I see it and make sure that readers know that I am not a food critic. Gardenwife.com has a much more thorough article on The Sunset Inn. She enjoyed their frog leg dinner and provides some photos. 

The Sunset Inn is a family owned operation and that makes me want to support them even more. In the hyper-competitive business of restaurants, they keep their prices very reasonable. Give them a try. 

Butcher Family Maple Products. Local And Family Owned Business

Being the first somewhat warm day in March and anxious to find something to do and found a maple syrup tour where all the major maple product producers in Ohio were offering tours. I’ve been to Dawes Arboretum before and seen their old fashioned process. It’s interesting, but I also noticed a family owned operation located between Mount Vernon and Granville called Butcher Family Maple Products.  After a nice country ride, we were greeted by members of the Butcher family and given a full tour.

Maple syrup production facility.

The maple syrup processing facility at Butcher Family Maple Products.

They were collecting syrup from every maple tree on their farm and from across the road. There is even a line running under the road to pump sap to the facility from area across the road. This photo shows the huge network of lines in the woods.

Lines connecting maple trees.

Lines connect every maple tree tap on the property.

Maple tree taps connected to bring in the sap to the facility.

Lines cross everywhere around the property and converge at a pump going to the processing facility.

 

Maple syrup evaporation equipment.

Evaporating equipment that removes the water from the sap and leaves only the syrup.

As you can see from the photo, this place is CLEAN! Before the sap reaches the evaporator there is a reverse osmosis process that removes much of the water. The remaining water is boiled off at this wood powered evaporator and goes into the white barrel. From the barrel, it goes through a filter for final output as maple syrup.

Real maple syrup products are not cheap, but I found Butcher’s prices to be lower than many that I’ve seen in stores. You can buy direct from the Butchers by purchasing online or using the contact information on their website.

Mr. Butcher is a resident of Newark, Ohio, a part-time firefighter in Alexandria, and a retired Columbus, Ohio fireman. All of the family were happy to answer questions and explain the process. The best part though was that they gave free samples and they were awesome. Try the samples and you’ll be hooked.

Meijer Closing In Newark, Ohio. City Officials Offer Help To Find Public Money To Aid Them.

It was a bit of a shock to many to hear that the Newark, Ohio Meijer department store was closing. The long favored store for many in the area seems to be doing a great business. The parking lot is always full and there is rarely a complaint about the store. Customers like it’s size, the employees, and the prices are competitive. An official explanation really hasn’t been given other than that the store is simply dated and not with the standards of of other stores in the Meijer chain.

Meijer department store in Newark, Ohio.

Meijer department store in Newark, Ohio with the usual full parking lot.

Corporations do what they will and sometimes leave the public in the dark or give generic explanations. That’s just how it is. They’re in the business of making money and not entertaining the whims of customers unless of course, that means making more money. They’re even legally bound to their stockholders to exercise all efforts possible to make money. When they decide to close a store, that’s just that.

What I found even more shocking was the reaction of Licking County Chamber Of Commerce and the Mayor of Newark, Jeff Hall. Many in the Chamber of Commerce claim to be Conservatives. It was reported in the local news that they were dismayed that Meijer did not come to them seeking help. They want to offer government funded grants and anything else to entice the store into staying open. Hearing Conservatives make the suggestion of using public money to enrich a corporation runs counter to their beliefs and there is nothing conservative about it. To make matters worse, Meijer didn’t even make a claim that they needed additional funding to stay open. The city officials don’t even know the company’s future plans for the area.

Conservatives, it appears that we don’t really have as many true conservatives as previously claimed. Democrats, what’s the fuss? It’s common that your party loses in Licking County and you blame Republicans for everything. Actions like this show that Republicans are doing your bidding though, so I don’t understand the complaints? 

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