Licking County Update for August 2016 from Commissioner Tim Bubb

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July 28, 2016
August 2016
Licking County Commissioner Update
                  From…Commissioner Tim Bubb
   Summer does seem to fly by and this hot summer has been interesting. With just two weeks left in the traditional ‘dogs days of summer’ I am hoping for some rain and warm/mild August days, especially for the Hartford Fair (August 7th–13th), and the Pataskala Street Fair (August 17t –20th).  Indeed, there is still plenty of opportunity for above average temperatures in August and September!
Reminder, this week … The ‘Ohio Flags of Honor’ Traveling memorial is coming to Newark Friday, July 29th thru Sunday, July 31st.  The location will be Cherry Valley Elementary School’s front lawn at the corner of West Main and 30th Streets. The Opening Ceremony this Friday, July 29th at 6:30pm will feature a fly over, 21 gun salute, dove release, taps, posting of the colors, bagpipes, rider-less horse, tributes to fallen soldiers and veterans including the reading of the names of 293 Ohio soldiers who have died in the Global War on Terrorism.  A closing ceremony will take place this Sunday afternoon, July 31st at 3:00pm. 
We Will See You at the 158th Hartford Fair

     The place to be in Licking County starting Sunday, August 7th will be the community of Croton, in northwestern Licking County, as ‘The Hartford Fair’ takes center stage.  This Fair, organized in 1858, serves as Licking County’s annual Fair. I am joined by Commissioners Duane Flowers and Rick Black in inviting you to join us at the 2016 Expo.

 Licking County Commissioners (l to r) Tim Bubb, Duane Flowers and Rick Black invite you to visit the local government displays under the Grandstand!
 General Gate admission is $7-per visitor 8-years and over, with children 7-years and under free.  On Monday August 8th Senior Citizens and Veterans are admitted for $3 each from 7:00am till 4:00pm.  There is no charge for general parking and grandstand admission is free. The Fair also sells a $35 weekly admission pass.
      The Fair begins with set-up and preview day on Saturday, August 6th as the major set-up and judging day, and the annual King and Queen Competition will be held Saturday at 7:00pm.
  Sunday, August 7th is Tech International Day and features the ATV Razor Races on the Grandstand Track at 6:00pm.
  Monday, August 8th is Nuway Incorporated Day with Monster Trucks on the Grandstand Track at 7:00pm.
  Tuesday, August 9th is Park National Bank Day and the Grandstand entertainment at 7:30pm is the OSTPA Truck/Tractor Pull.
   Wednesday, August 10th is Heartland Bank Day and features the Demolition Derby and Double Figure 8 Races on the Grandstand Track at 7:30pm. 
  Thursday, August 11th is Lash Chevrolet Day and the Grandstand feature is Fast Traxx Motocross racing at 7:30pm. 
   Friday, August 12th is NAPA/Washington Auto Parts and Paint Day featuring the popular Rough Truck Competition is at 7:30pm at the Grandstand Track.
  The 157th annual Hartford Fair concludes on Saturday, August 13th.  It will be Trillium Farms Day with the Championship Horse Pull at 7:00pm at the Grandstand, and Wayne King and his Hoe Downers at the Pavilion at 8:30pm.   For detailed information visit the Fair Website at  
   An annual Hartford Fair highlight - Thursday at 10:00am County Commissioner Rick Black, County Budget Officer Brad Fink and County Sheriff Randy Thorp will be judging the annual “Sweet Treats to Eat” bake-off in the 4-H Building.
   Plan to stop by to meet the bakers, young and old, and congratulate them.  The treats will be available for tasting when the judges complete their ‘difficult’ task!  

After the judging of Sweet Treats on Thursday morning by Rick Black, Randy Thorp and Brad Fink – join them in the 4H Building to sample the best of the best!  All calories will have been removed!!
Colorful and Historic Murals Highlight the CMD
    The new Canal Market District in downtown Newark, along with the new Farmer’s Market Pavilion, also features a half dozen large building murals.  Just one of them (below) features a rendition of a historic Jewett Interurban ‘Street Car’ made in Newark Ohio.  It pays tribute to the actual restored Jewett Car on display at ‘The Works’ (in the block along Canal Street between Second and First Streets just south of downtown).

   Marcia Downes of The Works says, “The Jewett Interurban Company manufactured one interurban per day from 1903 to 1919.  The demise came as the popularity of the Ford Motor Car increased throughout the United States.  The restored interurban car at The Works Museum in downtown Newark was lovingly restored by a group of men who worked four years to complete this display.  Some of these volunteers are depicted on the Interurban Mural that was dedicated on June 18, 2016.”
     Included in the mural depiction are Guy Sitler-oversaw the project that was dedicated in 2001.  And Don Howard who volunteered on this project and after the interurban was completed.  Don was the care taker of the car until his passing. He was employed by the City of Newark.  Don and Guy are in the uniforms in the center of the mural.
    Well remembered local contractor Joe Bowden is the conductor bringing up the rear.  It was Joe’ Bowden Construction Company that built and remodeled different parts of the museum, and assisted with the construction of the rails, the interurban car and the car barn.
   The older man, in the hat exiting the car with a child, is Bernie Stockwell.  Bernie was a close friend to Howard LeFevre and worked on the original concept and design for the museum, the interurban and the Scheidler Sawmill. He was the head of the industrial design program at Columbus College of Art and Design.
  And, of course, at the controls is Howard LeFevre.  LeFevre was the visionary leader of The Works, who is pictured as the engineer of the car in the mural.  Howard was and his vision continues to be the driving force of The Works Museum.  (See the close-up below).
The Works founder Howard LeFevre running the Interurban Car.
Upcoming is Pataskala’s Annual Community Festival Street Fair – August 17th to 20th
   Street Fair Parade Chair Judy Baird offers this history.  For sixty-nine years, folks around Pataskala have enjoyed the annual Street Fair.  Baird says, the theme for this year’s parade (on Saturday August 20th) will be “70th Anniversary of Street Fair” and the Grand Marshal will be the West Licking Firefighters Association which has been the driving force behind the Street Fair for many years.  The members of the Association will be riding at the front of the parade.
    The West Licking Firefighters Association is composed of retired firefighters and supportive members of the communities in and around Pataskala.  The Association operates a Support Unit now known as Rehabilitation Unit which is used at fire scenes and large scale incidents.  Also the Association has a second Support Unit and an inflatable shelter that provides a warm refuge for responders in winter.  Volunteers of the Association provide hot and cold beverages and snacks to responders.  Currently the Association uses the Old Fire House on Jefferson Street in Pataskala for its meetings, storage, and Street Fair games.
          The Street Fair was the primary source of funding for the fire department for many years.  It now helps fund the operation of the Support Units, purchasing of specialized equipment for the Fire District, and upkeep of the antique fire truck which will be in the parade.  The Association meets year round to ensure that a well organized Street Fair occurs each August.  Besides allocating vendor spaces, the Association arranges for security, trash removal and pickup, restroom facilities, entertainment, stage and tent rentals, and new this year are the hookups to the recently installed electric on Main Street.  The Association members can be found at the Street Fair helping with set up on Tuesday and Wednesday, monitoring the Fair during its hours of operation, and operating Texas Hold-Em Tournament on the evenings of the Fair at the Old Fire House.
   Association member Rex Johnson said “We feel that the Street Fair is a homecoming of sorts for the community.  Many classes plan their reunions around the fair dates and have floats in the parade.  It is the largest event in the community and marks the end of summer for many.  Fond memories are made and remembered at the Street Fair every year.”
*A note regarding the West Licking Historical Society and Mead-Needham Museum Events…During the Street Fair in Pataskala the Museum at 300 South Main Street will be open daily from 4:00pm till 8:00pm.  Year Round the Museum is open Sundays from 1:00pm till 3:00pm and by appointment by calling (740) 927-3688.
Licking County Historical Society Golf Outing
  Moundbuilders Country Club will be the site for the 2016 LCHS Golf Outing on Monday, August 22nd at 1:00pm.  Open to the public the cost is $80 per person or $320 for a foursome.  This includes the golf and cart, snacks and beverages, dinner and a raffle.  To be part of a Licking County Golfing Tradition call 740-334-7456 or 740-345-4898, or e-mail
2016 Dog Paddle Event Upcoming
    It’s time to swim with the dogs!  On Sunday, August 21st plan now to bring your ‘Best Friend’ out for a fun evening of pooches in the Activity Pool and Lazy River at the Heath City Water Park.  Located behind City Hall, at 1287 Hebron Road, this Water Park events runs from 4:00pm till 7:00pm. 
   The cost is $10 per dog at the door. Two ‘people’ are admitted FREE with paid dog admission. Additional admissions are only $5 per person.  Register in advance at
   Proceeds benefit the Licking County Animal Shelter – Animal Spay and Neuter Program.  Proof of current County Dog License and rabies vaccination required.  Dogs can be both vaccinated and licensed when you arrive at the event.  Questions call Shelly at 740-973-3060 or e-mail – 
County Engineers Maintenance Garage Being Restored
   This spring an electrical fire heavily damaged the County Engineer’s six-bay Maintenance Garage on the County’s East Newark Campus.  The Building and contents were insured through the County Commissioner’s Association Insurance Consortium.  The cost to rebuild the facility and replace the contents likely will exceed a half million dollars.  The restoration project is being handled by the Claggett Construction Company.

Restoration of the Engineer’s Garage will be complete before winter.
Mental Health America and NHS Remembers Lou Mitchell
   Upcoming is a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament in memory of a great friend to our community Lou “Earp’ Mitchell.  The event is a partnership between the Newark High School Wildcats and Mental Health America (MHA), to raise awareness for suicide prevention.  It is planned for Saturday, August 6th at Newark High School.
   The cost is $50 per team (three to five players per team).  All proceeds benefit the Suicide Prevention Program at MHA.  Payment and registration must be received by Noon Monday, August 1st.  Please call (740) 522-1341 for more information.  Mental Health America of Licking County, an affiliate of MHA, is a partner agency of the Licking County United Way and Mental Health & Recovery of Licking and Knox Counties.
Maennerchor Ox Roast an Annual Community Highlight
   The Maennerchor Park, in south Newark (off Orchard Street), will be the site for their Annual Ox Roast and summer celebration on Saturday, August 13th.  The event begins at 12:30pm with the playing of the American and German National Anthems, and the ceremonial tapping for the first beer keg! 

   At the Ox Roast the roast beef dinners and other great food and deserts, and COLD BEVERAGES, will continue until around 6:00pm.  Featured throughout the day and through the evening will be a variety of traditional Octoberfest type musical performances, and of course dancing! 
 Open House at Your County Owned Airport in Heath
     The Licking County Regional Airport in Heath will host its annual EAA (Experimental Aviation Association) Chapter #402 ‘Fly In’ on Saturday, August 20th.  The event runs from 8:00am till noon, and begins with a pancake breakfast in the big hangar.  A variety of vintage aircraft, helicopters and classic cars will be on hand, and a number of fun family events are planned.  You can either ‘fly in’ or ‘drive in’. Parking and admission is free.

Licking County’s ‘Newark-Heath’ Airport off Heath Road 
Cultivating a Cure sponsored by Ohio Agriculture
   The location for this major fundraiser benefiting ‘The James Cancer Center’ at OSU Wexner Medical Center will be the Watts Farm at 3966 Moots Run Road in Alexandria.  The date is Sunday, August 21st with Social Hour at 12 Noon and a 1:00pm Program.  The new Ohio Farm Bureau Exec Adam Sharp will be the guest speaker.  For information about the event call (614) 246-8228 or visit   
 Farm Bureau ‘Summer Harvest’ Event
   Claylick Run Farm will be the venue for this $100 per person event on Saturday, August 27th.  Featuring Hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine tasting, and dinner served at 6:30pm.  This event benefits the Healthy Kids Network and the registration deadline at July 31st.  Call the Licking County Farm Bureau at (800)964-8184 or e-mail
Note the Dates of Upcoming Granville Happenings
Porsche Car Show – July 30, 2016 - Downtown.  
Pelotonia – August 6, 2016 – Hundreds of Riders through Town
Great Granville Picnic – August 13, 2016 – West Broadway
Continuing Events
Farmers Market – Saturday Mornings – Downtown
Concerts on the Green – Saturdays though August 13, 2016
Polo on the Great Lawn – 1st and 3rd Sundays through September 25, 2016 – Bryn Du
Sharing the Latest from the County Soil & Water Conservation District…
CONSERVATION NOTES NEWSLETTER:  Our latest newsletter is available on our website.
HARTFORD FAIR NATURAL RESOURCES AREA:  Join us daily for programs and competitions, August 7-13, or just stop by for a relaxing break from the busy main fairgrounds.

STREAM TEAM:  Join our team of water quality monitors 6-8p, Wednesday, August 31, at the Licking Park District’s Riverview Preserve, 375 Ohio Street, Newark, Ohio 43055.  After training, adopt a local stream of your choice.

RIVER ROUND UP: Register for this awesome river and stream trash cleanup on Saturday, September 10. 

COVER CROP FLY ON PROGRAM:  Flying on seed is an option for establishing a cover crop after soybeans.  
Monday, August 15 is the deadline to sign up for aerial application of cover crops.  Licking SWCD will buy seed in bulk and pass the savings on to the producer.  Contact Chodd Armfelt, or 740-670-5330, for pricing and details.

BOARD ELECTIONS:  The Licking Soil & Water Board Nominating Committee is seeking qualified candidates to run for the Board of Supervisors.  Interested individuals should contact Licking Soil & Water, regarding the duties and responsibilities of Board members.  The deadline for submitting an application for the 2016 Board of Supervisors election is September 15, 2016.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  Help us with education programs, events, demo garden tasks and in-office assistance.  For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Denise Natoli Brooks, 740-670-5330, or

--Stormwater Consortium Meeting, Wednesday, August 3
--South Licking Watershed Conservancy District Meeting, Tuesday, August 16
--Licking Land Trust Farm-to-Fork Tasting & Silent Auction, Friday, August 19
--Full Moon Hike, Ride & Gathering, Taft Reserve, Saturday, August 20
--Licking Co Farm Bureau Summer Harvest Dinner, Saturday, August 27
--Licking Co Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, Wednesday, September 7
--Licking County River Round Up, Saturday, September 10
Note These Upcoming September Events
  Looking ahead …On Saturday, September 10th the Annual ‘Lite the Nite Car Show’ returns to downtown Newark’s Square.     Organizer Jim Matheny promises good weather and a great car show for everyone to enjoy!  ‘Lite the Nite’ supports the annual Christmas Lighting Program the Friday night after Thanksgiving and the campaign for new permanent LED lighting on the Courthouse Tower.
   Next month the Licking County River Round-Up will celebrate its 22nd anniversary.  This year’s river clean-up will be the morning of Saturday, September 10th and registration for participants opens this week.  For details visit River Round-Up at their Facebook page, call 740-670-5330, or e-mail .  Licking County Litter and Recycling is proud to join the list of sponsors for this event.
   The Pataskala Area Chamber of Commerce’s 27th annual Golf Outing is Friday, September 16th.  The location will be Cumberland Trail Golf Club.  Cost $260 per foursome or $65 per person.  Register on-line  or call 740- 964-6100.
   Feel free to forward this e-mail in any direction you would like, and let me know the e-mail address of anyone who would like to be included on my Update Newsletter list.  Also, visit my Commissioner Tim Bubb site on FaceBook.
I can also be e-mailed at, and my desk phone number at the Commissioner’s Office is 740-670-5118.
Best Regards … Commissioner Tim Bubb
Tim Bubb, Licking County Commissioner