Licking County Update for February 2018 from Commissioner Tim Bubb

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January 31, 2018
February 2018 Update
Licking County Commissioner Update
From…Commissioner Tim Bubb
The winter of 2018 will be remembered for its intensity. On January 15, 2018 (The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday) Dave Edleblute of the Juvenile-Probate Court did some great picture taking from the attic of your recently restored 1876 Courthouse. This photo from the Tower looks south over the shoulder of one of the ‗Ladies of Justice‘. This stark snowy image shows South Park Place and continues looking up the hill into south Newark. You can see the County Parking Garage, the Historic 1889 Jail, and even a train on the tracks. I wanted to share this as we remember January 2018.

February is typically the winter transition month as we start to see the days getting longer and celebrate Groundhog Day on February 2nd.
According to folklore on Groundhog Day, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow signifying that winter-like weather will soon end. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat
back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks. Best Wishes to the County Chamber of Commerce as they hold their annual Groundhog Breakfast this Friday, February 2nd at the Newark Campus.
I would like to share some big news for 2018. On Wednesday, February 28th the history-related organizations that host the annual Ohio Statehood Day event at the Ohio Statehouse will be recognizing Licking County, the City of Newark, and several elected leaders to receive the Ohio History Leadership Award.
This statewide recognition of our community includes local strong leadership in advocating for World Heritage status for the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, the restoration of the 1876 Licking County Courthouse, the new infrastructure in downtown Newark, and for multiple examples of historic preservation initiatives throughout the County. The County and the City look forward to joining a number of others in accepting this special recognition of our outstanding community!
Public Art on Display at the Main Library
I have appreciated the considerable positive feedback on my articles highlighting of public art displayed throughout the community. I began these photo highlights in the November and December 2017 Updates.
In this February 2018 edition I want to begin to focus your attention on a place near and dear to my heart! I served as a Trustee for 19-years and as Board President for 13-years of what was then the Newark Public Library system, now it is the Licking County Library System. They switched a few years ago from a school district to a county district library system for funding reasons. I was honored to serve there from 1985 to 2004, and serve with a number of great fellow trustees.
The highlight of my involvement was the passage of the new library issue in 1998, construction in 1999, and dedication of the new Main Library in 2000. It is hard to believe it is 17-years old, and I must say the current Board and leadership has done an outstanding job of maintaining this heavily used community resource, and updating the services as well. During that time we also added facilities in Hebron and Johnstown, added a new book mobile and rural service, and brought the library system into the 20-century with on-line cataloging and user registration.
The beautiful Main Library building (above) is of timeless design, and I should add the architect was Garry McAnally of the local Wachtel McAnally firm. This building was and is a major achievement for our community!
That said, I would add that a priority for the new Main Library, from the start, was to bring in pieces of art, in various mediums, to enhance and enrich the public spaces. I recently walked through the facility with Director Babette Wofter and would like to share photos of the public art, starting with the front entrance off West Main Street.
This piece is massive and impressive. Titled ―The Learning Curve‖ and mounted high as an arch of books, it serves as a welcoming entrance from the front parking lot. This piece of sculpture was created by Gary Lee Price in 2006. It was a gift from the Thomas J. Evans Foundation and its Trustees J. Gilbert, Lou and Sarah Reese.
Staring on the interior second floor of the Main Library, the area in front and near the elevator features a metal shorebird standing in cattails, ―The Great Blue Heron‖.
This sculpture is done in a rustic and recycled metal and was created by Granville artist
Kenneth Apacki in 2000. It was a piece that could have been displayed inside or outside.
The site for this Main Library, on the southwest corner of West Main and South Fifth Streets, was once a commercial area in downtown Newark.
The site was consolidated and cleared for this project. One of the former buildings was a large two story house that faced South Fifth Street and is remembered as the home of the Georgetti family.
A feature of the home was this leaded and beveled glass window that was salvaged. The Library displays this framed relic in a front window of the public meeting and study room as a tribute to this local family, with Italian roots, that lived there for many decades.
This final piece on the second floor is literally ‗up in the air‘. A feature on the interior upper floor is a beautiful and naturally lit atrium, and the challenge was what could be added to enhance its architectural beauty.
As Library President, at the time, I talked about this challenge with a good friend and at the time Newark area businessman William ‗Biff‘ Mathews. He suggested we talk with artist and designer Mark Talaba. Mark came up with a concept that is an awe inspiring mobile (appearing to be suspended in mid-air).
Featuring a number of art pieces in stained glass and using zinc framing, and an aluminum ―free moving‘ suspension; Talaba collaborated with Stacia Davis Moore to create and mount this piece. Stretching more than 20-foot upward toward the sky, it is an imagery evolution appearing to be books morphing into birds in flight.
The piece is titled ―Thoughts on Wings‖, and it was described by the artist as ―imagining the library as a place where new beginnings are possible, where knowledge is respected and where freedom of thought can ensure a brighter future.‖
It is one of my favorites and if you have not been to the Main Library lately or never looked up to enjoy this public art, I would challenge you to go for a visit! Next month I will feature the public art on the first floor, lower level and in the large meeting room of the Main Library downtown.
Senior Levy Advisory Panel Makes 2018 Allocations
In cooperation with the Senior Levy Board, your County Commissioners will be appropriating funding to 25 senior service providing agencies in 2018. I would offer special thanks to the hard working members of the Senior Levy Advisory Board for their recent efforts to evaluate programs and recommend allocations. The panel spent two days talking to representatives of the senior service providing agencies and evaluating their requests for funding.
The 2018 Senior Levy Panel group includes (below – back row – left to right) Chairman Dan Hunt, Cindy Webster, Dr. Brian Crock, LeAnn Miller, and Pam Jones (Commissioner‘s Deputy Clerk), (front row left to right) Sondra Knerr, Pat Sager, Albert ‗Hank‘ Speaks, and Lori Amos.
The critical funding these 25-providers of services to our senior citizens is provided by the Countywide Senior Levy. Licking County voters generously renewed the Senior Levy in 2014 for a five year period.
A Reminder for Dog Owners – Wednesday, January 31st is Dog Tag Deadline
State Law requires all dogs (over three months of age) to display a 2018 dog license. The fee is $15 per dog and January 31st is the deadline to avoid a penalty. If your dog gets lost a license is the fastest way to contact you. It‘s also immediately visible to anyone who finds your dog. People are more likely to approach a licensed dog.
Dog tags are $15 on-line at Licenses can be purchased from one of these convenient locations in the County.
Locations include Petplex and Z‘s Village Market in Buckeye Lake; Granville Milling Company in Granville; the Licking County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center, and the County Humane Society in Heath; Shull‘s Hardware in Johnstown; Licking County Auditor‘s Office, Glenn‘s Market, Granville Milling, and Pet Supplies Plus in the Newark area; All Tails ‗R‘ Waggin, Pataskala Center Auditor‘s Office, and True Value Store in Pataskala; and D & L Grain and Feed in Utica.
Note to Sky Watchers - This Will Be Another Blue Moon Week
The second ‗full moon‘ in January happens of the final day of the month this Wednesday, January 31st. This second January 2018 full moon‘ is known as a ‗blue moon or the blood moon‘. Because the moon is closer this time of the year this week‘s full moon will appear large! In February there will be no full moon, which happens rarely, as February has only 28-days, less than a moon‘s complete cycle.
News from the Agricultural Community
County Commissioner Rick Black will be the Master of Ceremonies for the Annual Licking County Agricultural Hall of Fame inductions ceremony.
Rick says, this year the event will be a stand-alone breakfast on Friday, February 23rd from 7:30 to 9:00am at the Reese Center on the Newark Campus.
Black adds, ―Agriculture touches the lives of every living person. The food we eat, the clothes we wear, the way of life that developed the values, economy and culture of our nation all find root in agriculture. Yet, today, few people understand or appreciate agriculture as the dynamic and pervasive force that has shaped our nation's past.‖
The Licking County Agricultural Hall of Fame was established to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated a lifelong exemplary service to their community and the industry of agriculture. There will be three distinguished inductees in 2018. For tickets contact the OSU Extension Service Office at 740-670-5315.
Looking ahead to March 2018, make your plans now to attend the annual Farmer‟s Share Breakfast. This is an opportunity to come and meet farmers in your community, and support the production of locally grown food. This will be Saturday, March 10th from 8:00 till 10:30 am at Newton Elementary School at 6645 Mount Vernon Road.
Come and enjoy the breakfast of pancakes, omelets, sausage and the fix ins – which will be served for a donation. Funds raised will be used to send local children to Licking County 4-H camp. A number of educational activities and give a ways are planned.
This may be the year to join the Licking County Master Gardeners. The program provides an extensive OSU Extension sponsored course in horticulture in exchange for volunteer hours to share your
gardening expertise with the community.
The class is limited to 20 participants and runs from February 6th till April 17th. For details visit or call Lori Swihart at 740-670-5315.

Stepping Down After 42-Year Run with the Courthouse Lighting Group
The end of January was the conclusion of my tenure on the County Courthouse Christmas Lighting Committee. For those of you who have known me through the years, you know the amount of effort given to this great local project.
I was asked by the late Bill Clifford to join the Lighting Committee in 1976 to ‗help out for just a year‘. And 42-years later I am stepping down to allow the next generation of local
supporters and friends to continue the project.
2018 will be the 70th-year for Courthouse Lighting – quite a local tradition! The Board has honored me with the title Board Member Emeritus, which is much appreciated!
The annual Courthouse Christmas Lighting is traditionally the Friday Night after Thanksgiving and is the ‗official‘ start of the holiday season in Licking County. As I step down from the Board I feel I am leaving the project in great shape with a restored Courthouse with new LED lighting, a permanent carillon sound system and a much improved Courthouse Park. My final thought is to just say thanks to the community for their continued support of this great project!
Other News of Interest…
In the weeks ahead we say goodbye to two buildings in downtown Newark. Both have apparently outlived their useful life and will be torn down.
The Trinity Episcopal Church has been a presence at the northwest corner of First and East Main Streets in Newark since before the Civil War. However the roof trusses and walls are failing, and fundraising to restore the old sanctuary came up short. Church leaders are having the interior and exterior taken down piece by piece for resale and recycling. The congregation will relocate to an adjacent
newer building, with the hope that a new church will rise on the downtown site.
Also, Newark‘s first ‗super market‘, the 1950‘s Big Bear in downtown Newark, more recently known as the ‘Lil Bear‘ will be demolished. The building is in deteriorated condition and redevelopment of the site dictates the removal of this old building with its aging equipment. It is believed that prospects for the site will improve after this expensive demolition.
On Saturday, February 24th the Heisey Wind Ensemble (HWE) will feature a concert titled “Glimpses”. The Heisey Wind Ensemble welcomes back guest conductor Jeff Shellhammer to the podium. This Concert will feature Kevin Wallick on the euphonium playing „Beautiful Colorado‟. For all concerts tickets will be available at the door at the Reese Center on the Newark OSU-COTC. The cost is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.
On Sunday, February 11th the Winter Concert of the Newark-Granville Youth Symphony will be featured at 4:00pm. The location will be the Reese Center on the Newark Campus. For details call 740-501-0461 or visit
In March, and as a member of the Newark Lions Club, I would ask you to consider joining us for the annual Spaghetti Dinner benefitting the Licking County Center for the Visually Impaired. This will be Tuesday, March 13th from 4:00 till 7:00pm at Saint Paul‘s Lutheran Church at 67 North Fifth Street in Newark.
Newark Lions will be working the kitchen and members of Denison‘s Delta Gamma Sorority will be serving. The cost is $6 each for adults, $3 for children 12-years and under and $15 ‗family price‘. You can enjoy or take-out spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, drink and desert. This is a great event for a great community agency!

Workforce Opportunities for Local Business
By Jillian Rine of the Grow Licking County Staff
Many of our local partners are sharing with GROW Licking County of their need for individuals with a background in the ―skilled trades.‖ With an unemployment rate under 4%, the labor pool is tight. For Licking County, we are fortunate enough to have a group of skilled and dedicated professionals focusing on developing creative solutions for our workforce needs called Workenomics™.
For 2018, Workenomics™ will be going through a facelift of sorts. Discussing the challenges of our community‘s workforce is no longer enough. Issues surrounding how do companies get new talent in the door and retain existing employees? What are available opportunities to ―train up?‖ Ultimately, it is easier to backfill entry-level positions and build a healthy pipeline so
we are collaborating with employers to help change the culture by investing in current talent as well as recruiting capacity.
As for our facelift, Workenomics™ worked with our website designer, Cherubini Designs, to streamline a process where our community can view internships as a tool to develop skills. This was created to be the centralized location for opportunities. We started out small—with about five posts in one week, three were filled immediately. Our team will continue to post internships to help place those looking for openings. Interested businesses can send their internship opportunities to to be posted on our website and be sure to like our Facebook page for new opportunities regularly.
Finally, with a new year come new opportunities. Currently, GROW Licking County provides a scholarship for those interested in the skilled trades for Licking County residents called the Manufacturing Industrial Skilled Trades (M.I.S.T.) scholarship for students at C-TEC of Licking County. The scholarship is designed to help students, both traditional students as well as adults re-entering or pivoting in their careers, hone skills in CNC Machining, Welding, & Multi-Craft Maintenance so that they can ultimately live and work in Licking County. To date, 11 scholarships have been issued to students in Licking County with a 100% graduation rate & 91% of recipients finding employment in their field or continued their education. Interested in learning more? Check out C-TEC of Licking County‘s website, for additional information or contact Christine Westbrook at (740)364-2359.
LCSWCD Seedling Tree Sale & Upcoming Programs

A popular event each year is the large Seedling Tree Sale. Dozens of species, both evergreen and deciduous varities, are available in varioua sizes. So see the list of available seedlings for sale with all
the details and order form visit or call their office at 740-670-5330. The order deadline is March 19th and the seedlings will be available for pick-up on April 6th at the Ag facility off East Main Street in Newark.
• LCSWCD @ Farm Bureau‘s Landowner Meeting, Tues, January 30
• River Round Up Poster Contest Deadline, Thursday, February 1
• LCSWCD @ Stormwater Consortium Meeting, Thursday, February 8
• LCSWCD @ Landscape for Life Series, Thursdays, February 8 through March 1
• South Licking Watershed Conservancy District meeting, Monday, February 12
• LCSWCD @ STEMfest at the Works, Saturday, February 17
• LCSWCD @ Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels Workshop, Thursday, March 8
• LCSWCD @ Farm Bureau‘s Farmer's Share Breakfast, Saturday, March 10
Visit L.C. Soil and Water‘s WEBSITE and FACEBOOK page for more events and programs. Learn about VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES, or contact Denise at 740-670-5330,
Remembering the Great Flood of January 1959
Recently the media focused on the remembrance of the Blizzard of January 1978 (40-years ago). Let me add a few words about another weather event that occurred on January 21, 1959 that changed out community for years to come.
A heavy snow in mid-January was followed by several days of rain that sent rivers in Central Ohio out of their banks. In Licking County the North and South Forks of the Licking River, and Raccoon Creek came out of their banks flooding Newark and several communities. The Owens Corning Fiberglas Plant saw 12-feet of water, the City Waterworks was flooded, and the Waterworks Dam and the 11st Street Bridge were lost to the raging waters. Some 1,200 homes were damaged.
Initial recovery took months and years later the community still continued to make improvements to the local flood control system, to avert or minimize future floods.
An interesting note, in 1962 a group of local businessmen, who had been damaged by the ‘59 flood, known as ‗The Rising River Association‘ or as they called them-selves ‗the River Rats‘ purchased a totem pole from a Western Indian Tribe.
They erected it near the North Fork of the Licking by B & L Motor Freight (owned by the late Howard LeFever) as a reminder of the high water mark from the flood and to ward off future floods. So far it has worked pretty well!
Some folks lately have noticed the ‗High Water‘ totem pole is missing and it turns out it was taken to a shop of repainting and refurbishing. This good luck totem pole will return and hopefully soon!
Let me again wish a February 14th, Valentine‟s Day, Happy Birthday to my two fellow County Commissioners Rick Black and Duane Flowers. What are the odds these two Commissioners would share the same birthday! You can figure out which one is older?
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Best Regards!
Commissioner Tim Bubb
Tim Bubb, Licking County Commissioner