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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.

New Subway In Newark, Ohio

New subway in Newark, Ohio.

Subway restaurant in downtown Newark, Ohio.

The new Subway restaurant on the square in downtown Newark, Ohio is the nicest I’ve ever been in. They’ve kept the old metal ceiling. 

Newark, Ohio Downtown Project

There’s a new $4,000,000 project in the works for Downtown Newark, Ohio. The plan is for a farmer’s market, public restrooms, and a park-like area. This plan rendering was passed out by Wachtel & McAnally

Newark, Ohio future farmer's market plans.

Plan rendering for downtown Newark, Ohio farmer’s market and park.

I went and listened to the speech where the speakers thoroughly discussed the history of canal street and explained that they wanted to bring the area back to it’s place of prominence. They feel that these plans for a farmer’s market and “green space” will do the trick. The new Canal District Market plan was shrouded in secrecy(with numerous leaks of course) and it was announced that it would be a public/private agreement with the TJ Evans Foundation. It’s easy to get lost in the details from that point, at least it was for me. 

I’d like to say this will be nice. It probably will be. The problem is that much of it makes no sense. There has been a constant complaint about parking in downtown Newark, Ohio. Many like myself just don’t get it. There is plenty of parking right where this project is going to take place. That does not stop The Downtown Newark Association, every new round of politicians, and government employees from constantly spending money on studies to show that Newark needs grants and other forms of tax dollars to improve the parking. Along comes this project that detracts from the amount of parking and I see these groups applauding the effort. It makes the claim of lack of parking as the primary reason for the decline of Newark’s downtown seem like even more of a fallacy. 

It will be interesting to see the project happen regardless of the confusion and questionable spending surrounding it. I also await the outcome of what the effect of a project like this really does for the area. 


Federal Fountain – Cracked!

A new fountain was installed on the Licking County Courthouse lawn in downtown Newark, Ohio this winter. The old was aging and in need of removal or replacement and I would like to commend those that donated much time and money to the project. Many businesses and individuals freely gave out of their own pockets. The reports I read stated $100,000! That’s only slightly less than the median price of a home in Newark, Ohio. 

What I find to be a big problem with this fountain is that $100,000 didn’t do it. The project dipped into the federal coffers for another $20,000 for a beautification grant. The fountain was installed at the same time that the federal government was shutting down. They were claiming they were broke, but obviously  the were not. All across American this little grant and that little grant goes to appease the locals for their political support. 

I hope that extra $20,000 included a warranty for the fountain. Not long after cold hit, it cracked. Just like the system that partially funded it, it cracked. The town will probably be staring at this tarp until warm weather or until another federal fix-it-up grant comes their way. 

Cracked federally funded fountain in Newark, Ohio.

Cracked fountain that was partially funded by federal beautification grants.

It seems so many time that these federal grants come back to bite the city. Right now there are people being question for real estate transactions were used to purchase building that were never used, aren’t being used now, and cannot be sold. So many of the grants turn out to be nothing but a waste. Democrats and Republicans fall for them. It’s easy money. Fill out the forms, answer the questions in the right way, and money arrives to make it look like you as a politician actually did something positive during your tenure.

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McGuffey Elementary School Saved From Destruction

West Main Intermediate School in Newark, Ohio.

Steve Anderson purchased the former West Main Intermediate School for $90,000 at auction saving it from destruction.

It’s not to difficult to point out the waste by Newark City Schools. I’ve seen it more than a few times, but most notably when they tore down an elementary school on Deo Drive recently fully renovated with a new roof, windows, parking lot, HVAC system, and more. A few excuses were given like asbestos in the building, someone could buy it and let it fall into a state of disrepair and hurt surrounding property values, and that the lot was worth more with the building removed. Many don’t believe any of the excuses. It would seem common sense that a large solid brick structure with a gymnasium would be valuable to someone. The fact that the lot still sits empty on Deo Drive after many years is evidence that an empty lot isn’t of use to anyone.

AutomaticI was pleased to discover from Cultural Offering that blogger and real estate investor Steve Anderson bought the former West Main Intermediate School from Newark City schools for $90,000. This is great news. I’m sure that Mr. Anderson has paid far, far more than most by supporting Newark City Schools with property taxes he’s paid on his numerous properties in their district. I’m hoping that he gets a great return on his investment. This also means one less empty lot or eyesore in the area. 

The idea of finding an investor should be automatic! Of course, there’s no way to skim from a simple sale to a private investor. There is no demo crew to hire at an inflated price, no disposal fees to pay, no way for salvage crews to scavenge numerous items that are like new from recent improvements. There is just a buyer with an interest in making a profit and creating a usable facility for business. Sure, there’s not a huge profit in the $90,000 sale, but over time, there could be far more collected from any business that takes place here.

I find it interesting that the city claims it needs office space and is contemplating spending a massive amount of money on a new office building. They’ve torn down more office space than they need in a few locations. Private businesses have no problem making use of these structures as we can see with the old Mound School that Jobes, Henderson and Associates and Layton Services uses for their office space. After many years of private ownership, the old school still looks better than most buildings surrounding it and they’ve been great neighbors for those living in the area.

Mound School converted to offices in Newark, Ohio.

The former Mound School in Newark, Ohio successfully transformed into office space.

So, it’s been proven before that these solid old structures still have value to the taxpayers. Most likely, it will be proven again. Granted, the timing may not be exactly right for the sale of these structures. As the federal government drags down the private funds by providing the grants required to build new schools, there is less purchasing power available from the private sector to get high bids for the old schools. Over time, the money does come back the community and the sentimental value of the buildings remains intact.

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Porsche Car Show Coming To Granville, Ohio

July 28, 2012
9:00 amto4:00 pm

The Mid-Ohio Region Porsche Club of America (MORPCA) will hold its annual car show in downtown Granville from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. on Saturday, July 28.

SC06 Porsches

SC06 Porsches (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


This event is one of the largest and best-known all-Porsche events in the nation. 
Approximately 400 Porsches will be parked on Broadway for folks attending the show to view. 

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Newark,Ohio Mannerchor Ox Roast For 2012

August 11, 2012
12:00 pmto8:00 pm

2012 OX ROAST FLYER For Newark Mannerchor

The Newark Mannerchor will have their Ox Roast Saturday August 11, 2012. Admission is free and food is priced reasonably. 

2012 Millersport Sweet Corn Festival

August 29, 2012toSeptember 1, 2012
Raw Sweet corn

Raw Sweet corn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 2012 Millersport Sweet Corn Festival will have the following entertainment along with food and many other displays and activities.

Main Stage

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

• 6:00 p.m. – Grand Parade
• 7:45 p.m. – High School Band Concert
• 8:30 p.m. – High School Band Concert

Thursday, August 30th, 2012
• 7:30 p.m. – Selection of 2012 Sweet Corn Sweetheart (Queen’s Pageant)

Friday, August 31st, 2012

• 8:00 p.m. – Bo Bice & Little Texas

Saturday, September 1, 2012

• 8:00 p.m. – Introduction of 2012 Sweet Corn Sweetheart and Court
• 8:00 p.m. – John Michael Montgomery

Covered Bridge Entertainment Area

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

• 7:30 p.m. – Garden & Compact Tractor Tug Pull

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

• 7:00 p.m. – Antique Tractor Tug Pull (1959 and under)

Friday, August 31st, 2012

• 7:00 p.m. – Antique Tractor Tug Pull (1959 and under)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

• 3:00 p.m. – Antique Tractor Tug Pull (1959 and under)

Founders’ Commons Stage

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

• 5:00 p.m. – Corn Eating Contest (all ages)
• 8:00 p.m. – Lake Area Mayor’s Corn Eating Contest
• 8:30 p.m. – Zumba Workout Demonstration

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

• 5:00 p.m. – Corn Eating Contest (all ages)
• 7:00 p.m. – Ladies only Corn Eating Contest (Over 16 only)
• 8:00 p.m. – Live Gospel Music with “One Way”

Friday, August 31st, 2012

• 5:00 p.m. – Corn Eating Contest (all ages)
• 6:00 p.m. – Hula Hoop Contest (all ages)
• 7:00 p.m. – Live Bluegrass Music with “Linnville Pike Band”

Saturday, September 1, 2012

• 9:00 a.m. – 23rd Annual Ken Keener Classic 5-K Run
• 12:00 p.m. – Kiddie Tractor Pull (classes by weight – 105 lbs. or 12 yrs. maximum)
• 3:00 p.m. – Outhouse Races(all ages-2 age categories, teams of 3)
• 4:00 p.m. – Corn Eating Contest (all ages)
• 6:00 p.m. – Grand Champion “Cob Cleaning” Corn Eating Contest (All Current Year’s Winners – awards for 2 age groups)
• 7:00 p.m. – Live Vintage Music with “Highway 40 Band”

Hickory Grove Bandstand

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

• 7:30 p.m. – Fairfield Beach Karate School demonstration by Danny Phillips
• 8:30 p.m. – Bluegrass Music by Evan Lanier and the Bluegrass Express Band

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

• 6:00 p.m. – Conrad Cooper’s Midwest Cloggers
• 7:00 p.m. – Harmony Country Dancers
• 8:30 p.m. – Bluegrass Music by Dallas Meyers and the BLACK DIAMOND Band

Friday, August 31st, 2012

• 6:00 p.m. – Dance Explosion by Kathy Zupanic
• 6:45 p.m. – Yellow Rose Cloggers by Adam King
• 7:30 p.m. – M.B.D.S. CLOGGING CREW by Bridgette Cox
• 8:30 p.m. – BLUEGRASS MUSIC by Brian Uson and the OPEN RAIL Band

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

• 12:00 p.m. – Square Dance Demonstrations by Central Ohio Corp. of Dance Clubs
• 1:30 p.m. – Fairfield Beach Krarate School
• 2:30 p.m. – Conrad Cooper’s Midwest Cloggers
• 4:00 p.m. – The Voices of Ohio
• 5:30 p.m. – Wildfire Cloggers by Shirley Lipps
• 5:50 p.m. – Pure Country Dancers by Judy Conrad
• 6:10 p.m. – Fun Bunch by Belva Pritchard
• 6:10 p.m. – Country Crossroad Cloggers
• 6:30 p.m. – Country Crossroad Cloggers
• 6:50 p.m. – Teays River Cloggers by Betty Stickel
• 7:10 p.m. – Country Step Cloggers by Pam Bachman/Roger Henthorn
• 7:15 p.m. – Pitcher Perfect Cloggers by Louise Pitcher
• 7:30 p.m. – All Ohio Show: with Pure Country Dancers by Judy Conrad

Roving Entertainment

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

• 6:00 p.m. – The Ragtime Strutters

Friday, August 31st, 2012

• 6:00 p.m. – The Ragtime Strutters

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

• 6:00 p.m. – The Ragtime Strutters

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Granville, Ohio 2012 Fireworks

July 6, 2012
8:45 pmto10:45 pm

The Granville, Ohio fireworks will be July 6, 2012 at dusk. They will be set off from Wildwood Park.


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Heath, Ohio 2012 Fireworks

July 2, 2012
8:45 pmto10:45 pm
Date:  July 2, 2012 at Dusk
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