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Newark, Ohio Courthouse Repairs And Canal District Farmers Market Opening

Licking County Courthouse renovation and construction.

Licking County Courthouse undergoes renovation.

Construction began this week on the Licking County Courthouse. There are  many other improvements being done in downtown Newark, Ohio.

The first fully completed project will be the Canal District Farmers Market, a big win for EBT card holders as so much of the farmer’s market has been dedicated to their needs. This will be a welcome addition to an area with so many on the EBT system looking for ways to convert their taxpayer provided EBT food budgets into more than just what local grocers offer. There will be a token system in place that will allow EBT credit to be freely traded in creative ways at the market.

The market will provide an easy way for Canal Market District vendors to collect on the EBT system without the usual accountability procedures that restrict purchases at common retail outlets. The simple application process described on the Canal District website will be helpful for any vendor looking for an added revenue stream.

The community continues to look with wonder as each new phase of the downtown projects are revealed.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser To Support The Licking County Sports Association

Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser Saturday Jan 21st from 1-4pm at the Heath Eagles at 1007 Hollander St.

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Come out and support Licking County Sports Association!

There will be Entertainment & 50/50 Raffle. Also news about our New Location & Sign ups for the 2012 Season.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.
$7 Per Person
5 & Under $3 
Family $25 (Max 5 People each additional person $3)

 


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Pipeline Through Licking County Should Cause Concern

I’ve been reading quite a bit about a pipeline coming through Licking County to support planned drilling in the Marcellus Shale gas drilling projects to our east. All that I’ve seen so far is excitement coming from our local government. It seems that after a steady decline in the local economy, they’ve found something they can put their name on and lay claim to. That excitement is going to blind them to the potential hazards that this project could bring.

Gas Drilling Rig

I’m not going to write to much on the Marcellus Shale projects. I can’t. I don’t have enough knowledge about the gas and oil industry to defend every detail that I write about. I do know that if you want to see the end results, all you have to do is look to Pennsylvania. Fracking(a complicated process of getting gas out of a well that’s gone dry) has devastated the lives of many and ruined rural land there. Fracking involves pumping millions of gallons of water and hydraulic chemicals into the well to force cracks in it and get surrounding gas to fill the empty well. Along with putting toxic chemicals in the ground, the process also releases chemicals already in the ground out into the environment. The result is hazardous to the health of the population in the area.

I’m not much of a tree hugger. I believe that many potentially harmful practices can have the risk greatly reduced simply by using proper practices. Proper practices usually cost more money, so the only common sense protection is for the law to enforce laws concerning private property. That’s usually not done because the gas industry pays off our legal system and politicians. There’s a lot to the methods used to skirt the law in Pennsylvania. The laws have already exempted the gas industry from oversight. For example, nobody is allowed to question what’s in the fracking fluid. The law protects them from disclosing it’s contents.

Ohioans should be studying what’s happened in Pennsylvania. Marcellus Protest is a good place to start. Use a search engine to look for terms like “Pennsylvania Fracking” too. Some of what you find is horrifying. Wells blowing up in backyards, tap water that you can set on fire, significant rises in cancer and rare diseases, and more. This is not the harmless natural gas industry that we’ve been led to believe for so many years.

There’s big, big money involved. Here’s a Licking County Port Authority CEO finding himself excited at the thought of Licking County, Ohio getting in on the gas boom. I’ve read a lot of his posts and he NEVER mentions any of the hazards experienced in Pennsylvania. No mention of the need to change Ohio law to protect citizens from an industry that most no nothing about. Just as ignorant are the landowners entering into contracts to lease their land to the drilling companies. I don’t use the term “ignorant” in a derogatory way here. I too an ignorant, but how are our politicians and citizens going to enter into agreements with a complicated industry that they don’t know anything about. Who is educated in the gas industry that will look out for the public?

All of us should keep a very close eye on our local government when it comes to their decisions on this pipeline. We all need the work, we could all use the revenue, but remember who we’re letting make these important decisions. Remember the state and local government allowing Longaberger to do as it pleased with the roads? What fruit has that brought us? We don’t need to discount the gas industry as an evil, but we do need local government to give priority to protecting the property and land of it’s citizens over the easy money from allowing the gas companies to operate at their convenience.

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Link Updates For July, 2011.

Here are the latest Newark, Ohio website additions found for the link directory.

No checks have been made recently for deleted websites. In this economy, I’m afraid to look. Fortunately, sites added always far outnumber the sites that are no longer working. Let’s hope that trend does not change.

Anyone who has a business should take a look at Phil’s Carpentry And Construction. I know, it’s not the flashiest website ever, but it’s effective and it’s free, not to mention easy to do. I found him through Facebook. Here’s a business that is not “tech” centered at all and they are effectively marketing their business for free using Facebook and Blogger. The only part of this website that costs money is the domain name and possibly any help that was used for the setup. No ongoing fees, no contract, no strings. They can even transfer this to a better platform and it will retain it’s place in the search engines. This is a prime example of what any business can and should do. 1 job from these efforts is a huge return on their investment.

I found The Ancient Ohio Trail website during a visit to the Newark, Indian Mounds. There is so much new information being uncovered about the Indian heritage in Ohio that it’s much more interesting than I remember during field trips in school. Be sure to check the website out.

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and from the huge number of visitors in search of information on the local fireworks, I’m glad that the event section of the website helped you find what you were looking for. I enjoy posting the events, so keep the submissions coming.

 

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The 2011 Hartford Fair

The 2011 Hartford Fair in Croton, Ohio promises to be another great fair . Check their website for the full schedule of events.

The Grandstand attractions this year are –

  • Sunday – School bus races at 6 pm.
  • Monday – The JaneDear Girls and Josh Thompson at 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday – Championship truck and tractor pulls at 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday – Demolition Derby at 7:30 pm
  • Thursday – Motorcross Racing at 7:30 pm
  • Friday – Rough Truck Contest at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday – Championship Horse Pull at 7:00 pm

Numerous other events from many organiztions in the Licking County and surrounding area. Local 4H clubs and naturalist demonstrations from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are always popular. Cooking events, demonstrations from vendors, and as always, the food vendors will be making the treats that you can only find at a fair.

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Bad Timing For Licking County, Ohio Levies

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Sometimes things happen in a way that you would think a higher power is trying to send you a message. It’s like in the movies when the star says, “Show me a sign God!”, and there’s signs happening all over the place, but the star doesn’t want to see the truth. When a home loan escrow report comes at the same time that everyone is asking for more money, that’s one of these signs.

I like parks, nice schools, bike paths, and libraries. They are all nice things. I like many nice useful things that I sometimes cannot afford. On a personal level, it’s an easy thing to take care of, but on a public level, you’re at the mercy of the voters. When many of the voters will not be troubled by extra taxes and many have incomes high enough to absorb the costs, and many in the middle want to not see the signs, it’s hard to make your vote matter.

I bought my house 11 years ago and the payment has risen by $200 because I escrow the taxes and insurance. This amount could vary for everyone else, but $2,400/year for an average home is big to me. The income level since that time certainly has not kept pace. Taxes and prices on everything else have outpaced incomes as well. Now we have all of these public programs sticking out their hand for money like the good times are here again!

As I said, all of the entities asking for money are nice amenities. They try to make the case that if you cannot afford to give them more money on demand that you are against them and it certainly isn’t true. They also don’t tally up all of the things that have hit your wallet since their last levies. The fact that foreclosures are going up and incomes are leaving the city mean nothing to them. There are a myriad of factors that mean nothing to them. They just know that they need more money too.

The campaigns never tell you what they are doing to keep costs low. You would think they would love to tell you. All that the campaigns tell you is all of the great deeds and benefits they have given, and many of them are easily debatable.

I am only one vote, but I can tell you that many are in the same type of bind. The price tag to live in Licking County versus the benefits you receive are questionable. As the price to own a home moves up, people keep leaving, home foreclosures keep happening, and the wage base is slowly eroding away. Just as these levies have slowly crept up, so too has the tax base started leaving.

Some things to remember as they tell you that they don’t support them:

  • C-TEC is setting in a brand new school that we built them. They’ve squandered the money with poor management and things like acting classes in Granville and lawyer fees for their lack of care during the building project.
  • The park system here is nice. It’s also very extensive. How did it get that way in the first place if the public does not support them?
  • The library is in a nice building that is very nice and very new. It’s a great resource. How did it get that way if we did not support them?

As you go to place your vote think of those folks on the verge of losing everything and the steady creep of costs they’ve experienced. If you can’t understand their situation, I hope the long lists of layoffs and foreclosures doesn’t concern you either.

Newark, Ohio Strawberries On The Square Festival

Strawberries On The Square will have it’s 27th celebration on the square in Downtown Newark, Ohio. One of Licking County’s favorite celebrations is sponsored by The Kiwanis and the proceeds help fund Camp O’bannon, a summer camp for underprivileged children. There will be food, rides, crafts, and entertainment for the entire family.

Call (740)345-6910 for more information about the Strawberries On The Square Festival.

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Licking County Tea Party Meeting

The Licking County Tea Party political group will meet at Helen’s restaurant at 6:30 P.M. at Helen’s Restaurant. Dinner will be available at the meeting. The topics will be organizational structure and the unconstitutional aspects of government health care.