Licking County Update for July 2017 from Commissioner Tim Bubb

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June 29, 2017
July 2017
Greetings and best wishes to each and every one as we celebrate summer and the Independence Day holiday!
Speaking of the upcoming July 4th holiday, locally there will be several fireworks shows and/or celebrations this weekend and early week through the holiday! Be sure to check the local media listings for all the dates, times and places.
As in past years Marianne and I look forward to attending as many events as possible, and say hello to hundreds of our neighbors and friends.
We look forward to attending the annual four day street celebration in Granville starting Saturday, July 1st through Tuesday, July 4th. In Granville the fireworks at Wildwood Park are Sunday evening, July 2nd at dusk. And the Granville Independence Day Parade steps off at 10:45am on Tuesday. Also, on, July 4th, in the early evening, the Gratiot July 4th festivities conclude with their community parade following the community dinner at the National Trails firehouse.
In Pataskala a celebration at Foundation Park begins at 10:00am on Saturday, July 1st and concludes with fireworks at dark
The Heath Star Spangled Celebration is this Sunday, July 2nd at Geller Park starting at 5:00pm, and concluding with fireworks at dusk.
On Tuesday, July 4th the Buckeye Lake Boat Parade returns leaving Lieb’s Island at 11:00am and parading around the west and north shores, and past Harbor Hills!

And Monday evening, July 3rd, an outdoor concert begins at 6:00pm at the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheater at the Newark Campus of OSU and COTC featuring the Newark-Granville Symphony, and the Sticks and Stones, and a fireworks show at dark

Transformation of Downtown Newark in the Home Stretch
More than a dozen major and minor renovation and improvement construction projects are continuing in the downtown Newark, the County Seat!
The $19-million two year sanitary and storm sewer separation project is over 85-percent complete. The corner of South Second Street and North Park Place and its ‘round-a-bout’ intersection is newly opened. This aerial photo of the Second Street corridor shows the Midland Theatre in the center.

Crews are working on the last segment of North Park Place, from the middle to the west end, and North Third Street from the round-a-bout to Church Street. It is anticipated this final section of the downtown Square will be complete in August, and crews are currently excavating and resetting the street right of way, and installing the new sanitary and storm sewer lines. The North Park sidewalks remain open and we urge residents to continue to patronize these north side businesses during the challenging construction period.

The County’s historic 1876 Courthouse renovations are also in the final stages. The newly restored tower and dome will see their protective scaffolding and plastic cover removed in July, as work continues.
Here is a sneak peek at the historic dome which has been redone and painted a beautiful gold. The top of the Dome is now visible in downtown. The ‘Ladies of Justice’ statues of justice will have the same gold finish, and will be returned later this summer.
The Carillon, the historic bell, lighting and tower top clocks of the Courthouse will be returned to service when work on the tower is complete later this year. The roof of the Courthouse will be repaired and replaced in mid-summer. On the inside work continues on the installation of a modern elevator, and restoration of the original skylight about the grand staircase. The overall project will essentially be complete in October. Plans call for the return of Christmas decorations to the Courthouse this year!
The planning and design for the Courthouse Project is being done by Wachtel & McAnally Architects and Planners. The general contractor is Robertson Construction. And the restoration contractor is Mid-State Construction.

Carl Etherington Day Planned for the Historic Jail
The GPS (Governmental Preservation Society) is continuing their fundraising and special events, as part of the restoration of the 1889 Historic County Jail on South Third Street in downtown.
On Saturday, July 8th from 4:00pm till 10:00pm Carl Etherington Day will be held at the Historic Jail and at the Canal Market Pavilion.
Etherington was a law enforcement officer, enforcing the ‘dry laws’ or what was soon to be Prohibition, who lost his life on July 8th, 1910 at the hands of a mob.
At 6:00pm on this July 8th he will be honored with a Deputy Marshal Etherington plaque dedication.
The Historic Jail will feature an open house and FREE tours from 4:00pm till 8:00pm. Visitors to this community event will be able to enjoy food trucks, a beer and wine garden, live music, and a classic car show.
After 10:00pm there will be ‘after hours’ parties at Sandhollow Speakeasy and Bootleggers Bar in downtown Newark. From 10:00pm to 3:00am (overnight) there will be a private ‘ghost hunt’ by Ghost Hunts USA.
For details call 740-345-JAIL (5245) or visit
 In a related note, senior citizens can enjoy a Historic Jail Tour on Tuesday, July 11th from 4:00pm till 7:00pm. The cost is $2 to all individuals’ 60-years and older, who are Licking County residents. Ticket price for individuals younger than 60-years accompanying seniors and seniors who are not Licking County residents is $10.
 Reservations are not needed for the Senior Tuesday Historic Jail Tours. This is courtesy of Licking County’s Senior Levy Fund.

Mayor’s Summer Concerts in Downtown Newark
Four of the Monday Night ‘Summer Concerts’ remain, three in July and one in August…with each event from 7:00pm till 9:00pm. These are FREE concerts at the Canal Market Place Pavilion just south of downtown. Bring your own lawn chair!
On July 10th the Licking County 4-H Band will entertain, on July 24th performing will be The Jim Lovejoy Band, and on July 31th enjoy Michael Rose. The final event of the season on August 14th will be the Trombones Plus. For details call 740-670-7782 or visit

HWE to Play at the Newark Jazz and Ribs Festival
The Canal Market District will again host the annual Newark Jazz and Ribs Festival the afternoon and evening of Saturday, July 15th.
Enjoy great BBQ and music throughout the day. At 6:00pm the Heisey Wind Ensemble (HWE) Big Band will entertain for two hours.
A number of BBQ and ribs vendors will be on hand selling their great food. There will be judging and awards for best food categories.

Some Thoughts About Summer 2017
by Jillian Rine of Grow Licking County

Summer is the season that permits longer days and never-ending sunshine. For many of the county’s businesses, the summer season adds a certain sweetness. Whether you are headed to the lake, hitting a trail or playing outdoor sports, the opportunities are abundant in Licking County.
Tourism and recreation are vital to the county’s overall economy and well-being. In 2015, visitors and residents spent a combined direct and indirect $390.4 million in Licking County, which helps employ one out of every 12 people at local businesses according to our friends at Explore Licking County. We are positioned to increase those dollars in the next couple of years. Let’s look at some of the businesses and organizations that attract exploration.
Buckeye Lake has been the talk around town for some time now. The dam needed major repairs that halted a lot of summer activities the past few years. People originally settled on the lake because of the proximity to the businesses desired markets, and with the canal moving right through Newark, Buckeye Lake instantly boomed. The unique lake covers three counties: Perry, Fairfield and Licking. Be sure to check out the variety of water sports this summer or stop by the Buckeye Lake Historical Society to view over 1,000 artifacts. It is sure to be a fun summer for the whole family around Buckeye Lake.
The Kiwanis Club of Newark just wrapped up the 34th annual Strawberries on the Square festival. The proceeds support Camp O’Bannon and remains near and dear to the hearts of many. The camp focuses on the children’s physical, social and emotional needs.
If you love America’s pastime, then be sure to check out the Licking County Settlers baseball team. This group of collegiate athletes, from around the country, play their home games at Don Edwards Park in south Newark, and provide a fun and safe atmosphere for both kids and adults alike. Get out, catch a game and enjoy some cracker jacks or a walking taco from the concession stand.
Utica is known for the Velvet Ice Cream Company and the Utica Sertoma. Each year, more than 150,000 people visit the iconic fourth-generation ice cream facility. For the past 43 years, the Dager family has supported the community with their philanthropic mind-set.
As the summer nights heat up, check out the Downtown Newark Association and their Final Friday events, Licking County Library summer reading program, films and concerts at the Midland Theater, special events and camps at The Works Museum, or just go for a stroll through the beautiful Dawes Arboretum. The most important message for the warm season is to support your community by spending dollars as you visit your local landmarks. Licking County loves to shop, eat and give here. This not only helps businesses thrive, but aids the continued growth in our area.

Christmas in July for the Salvation Army
Due to a funding shortfall the Newark Salvation Army is sponsoring a mid-summer fundraiser called Christmas in July. The goal is to raise $5-thousand. The small counter-top Red Kettles will be on display, for the month of July, in a number of area businesses.
In addition the Salvation Army’s ‘World’s Largest Red Kettle’ will be in and around local July 4th events to draw attention to the ‘Christmas in July’ fund drive. The theme of the effort is ‘Need Knows No Season’.

Master Gardeners of Licking County Update
The Master Gardeners of Licking County continue their service to the area with their ‘educational’ show garden in east Newark on the Licking County Ag Building site (area behind 771 East Main Street). The public is welcome to attend their annual Open House, at the Garden, on Saturday, July 22nd from 10am till 2pm. There will be food and entertainment, and a number of Master Gardeners on hand to answer questions. The Master Gardeners are affiliated with the OSU Cooperative Extension Service.

Patronize Your Local Farmer’s Markets
The Canal-Market District in downtown Newark hosts a farmers market every Tuesday and Friday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. The ‘under cover’ marketplace features 40 to 50 ‘locally grown and/or produced’ vendors.
Granville Farmers Market is Saturday mornings from 8:30am till Noon on North Main and Broadway in downtown.
Pataskala Farmers Market
at the downtown Veterans Green (Main and Front Streets) on Fridays from 4:00pm till 7:00pm

A Few Other Community Notes…
The second annual ‘Slice of Licking County’ will be held Friday, July 21st from 6:00pm till 11:00pm. The location is ‘The Top of the County Parking Garage beside the Canal Market District in downtown Newark. This is a giant pizza party with adult beverages and live music. It is sponsored by the Licking County Chamber of Commerce and Newark Development Partners. Call the Chamber for information at 740-345-9757.
The Summer Stock offerings at Weathervane Playhouse in July include a classic musical and a comedy. From June 29th till July 8th ‘South Pacific’ with music by Rodgers and Hammerstein is featured. And from July 13th till July 22nd enjoy ‘A Comedy of Tenors’ by Ken Ludwig. Weathervane is at 100 Price Road in North Newark. Call 740-366-4616 or visit
The Midland’s summer movie series “Friday Flicks’ continues in July. This month the community can enjoy showings of ‘Singin In The Rain’ with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds on Friday, July 28th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Seniors 60-plus can enjoy the movie FREE courtesy of the Licking County Senior Levy. Tickets for adults are $6 and $5 for students.
Finally, spraying for Mosquitos by the Licking County Health Department (LCHD) is Underway. Here some tips of helping to control the mosquito population…
• Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.
• Repair or replace all torn screens in your home.
• Remove all discarded tires from your property.
• Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers.
• Make sure roof gutters drain properly. Clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. If not in use, keep empty and covered.
• Drain water from pool covers.
• Change the water in bird baths at least once a week.
• Turn over plastic wading pools, and wheelbarrows, etc. when not in use.
• Clean ditches of obstructions so they drain properly.
• Eliminate any standing water that collects on your property.
• Check trees for cavities that hold water and fill them with soil, gravel, or sand.
• Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their properties.
Use insect repellent and follow the label directions, and stay safe this summer!
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Happy July Fourth!
Commissioner Tim Bubb
Tim Bubb, Licking County Commissioner