Licking County Update for March 2018 from Commissioner Tim Bubb

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March 01, 2018
March 2018
Licking County Commissioner Update
From…Commissioner Tim Bubb

Allow me to share a photo taken last month by Dave Edleblute of the Juvenile-Probate Court Staff. This „winter twilight‟ photo looks to the west with one of the restored „Ladies of Justice‟ statues on the Courthouse witnessing the beauty!
Spring is just three weeks away (March 21st) and Daylight Savings Time returns early the morning of Sunday, March 11th. So be prepared to „spring ahead‟. However, the „old weatherman‟ says there will be three snows after the forsythia blooms, so stay tuned!
Another weather thought I like is, “March is the month when winter and spring slug it out, and in the end spring wins out! I hope you enjoy this March 2018 Update!
Licking County Receives Ohio History Leadership Award

As part of the 2018 Statehood Day today (February 28) at the Ohio Statehouse, Licking County and seven of its public officials received the „Ohio History Leadership Award‟ for 2018.
This was the first time in the history of the award that the 14-sponsoring organizations, including the Ohio History Connection, chose to recognize the achievements of a community instead of a single project or public official.
Receiving the combined award were Licking County Commissioners Tim Bubb, Duane Flowers and Rick Black.
They were joined by State Senator Jay Hottinger (District 31), State Representative Scott Ryan (District 71), Newark Mayor Jeff Hall and Heath Mayor Mark Johns.
At the microphone Licking County Commissioner Tim Bubb, (L-R rear) State Representative Scott Ryan, Commissioner Duane Flowers, (Commissioner Rick Black, Newark Mayor Jeff Hall, Heath Mayor Mark Johns, State Senator Jay Hottinger; and Burt Logan, Executive Director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection)
Burt Logan the Executive Director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection said, “Licking County and its officials are being recognized for strong leadership in advocating for World Heritage status for the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, the restoration of the historic 1876 Licking County Courthouse and for the multiple examples of historic preservation initiatives underway throughout the County”.
The World Heritage inclusion project, in cooperation with the Ohio History Connection, will include ancient Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks sites in Licking, Warren and Ross Counties. This World Heritage inclusion will put Ohio on the international map of designated UNESCO World Heritage sites, and will make Ohio a major tourism destination among the hundreds of Heritage sites worldwide.
The Ohio History Leadership Award also pointed to the recently completed two year $10-million renovation and restoration of Licking County‟s historic 1876 Courthouse. The project included a new gold dome and „skin‟ to the building‟s clock tower, a new roof, restoration of the „ladies of justice‟ statues on the roof, a new outside LED lighting system, restoration of a beautiful interior skylight, a new and additional elevator, and a variety of other preservation efforts.
Event organizers added, “The exacting craftsmanship of the contractors and the commitment to „do things right‟ by the Licking County Commissioners will ensure that their 1876 Licking County Courthouse will continue to be the „crown jewel‟ of Licking County.”

Courthouse‟s new LED Color Lighting as Seen Last Month

As we have mentioned in recent weeks the LED lighting added to the County Courthouse restoration gives us a year around opportunity to celebrate holidays and events, and also pay tribute. In February residents early in the month saw „red and white‟ in recognition of Heart Awareness month and on February 14th Valentine‟s Day. On February 19th it featured a beautiful „red, white and blue‟ scheme for President‟s Day.
From February 10th to the 12th the County Commissioners ordered a special „blue and white‟ tribute honoring the two Westerville Police Officers who died in the line of duty.
The „blue tribute‟ was a statement of solidarity with the people of Westerville and a show of support for law enforcement and first responders. Dave Decker captured this photo of the „blue tribute‟ with a
drone mounted camera.
The „blue tribute‟ struck a nerve across Central Ohio and around the nation. The FaceBook posting and photos were viewed by some 375-thousand people and shared across the social media platform over five thousand times.

Public Art on Display at the Main Library
As promised, in this March Update, I will conclude my look at public art on display at the Main Office of the Licking County Public Library in downtown Newark. Last month we looked at the entrance and artwork on the top floor that included the massive arch of books at the entrance, a steel sculpture „Great Blue Herron‟ shore bird, a preserved and historic beveled glass and leaded window, and a massive mobile in the atrium titled „Thoughts on Wings‟. In this Update I will share photos and text from the main floor and lower level.
On the main floor at the entrance to the public meeting room is a framed painting by Sherrie Vest. She was an artist who suffered with cerebral palsy and painted this abstract portrait holding the brush with her teeth. Local residents Marc and Connie Guthrie donated the
framed piece in 2017. They are supporters of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Ohio.
Inside the public meeting room on the east wall is a massive art piece of tiles painted with multiple colors and with layers of over glaze. This massive piece was donated by Robert Shay in 1987, and reassembled and permanently attached to the wall by John Jordan of the Library staff.
Moving to the lower level of the Main Library a number of pieces grace the walls and floor of the Children‟s Room and the Teen Center.
The “Fairy Tale” panels were a special project that debuted with the opening of the Library in 2000. The five fairy tale themed panels were painted on the south wall of the Children‟s section over a period of several weeks by local artist Julie Ketner Barrett. Barrett donated here work and the related costs were paid for as a gift to the community from a Library Fund donated by Frances M. Banton.
I will share these small photos, however these panels are full height from floor to ceiling and total some 20-feet wide.

If you have never seen these or other works downstairs, you need to make plans for a visit. This is Cinderella from the window of the castle with the spider, the frog on the lily pad and the dragon in the moat.
This panel shows an elephant sitting in the middle of the pumpkin patch and is from the fairy tale book „Anansi and the Talking Melon‟ . If you look closly there is a spider on the melon the elephant is holding. Anansi the Spider is famous in African folklore.

This panel, with a garden in back, is illustrative of the tale of “Peter the Rabbit‟.
The „Hook and Ladder‟ number 7X with the „Fire Cat‟ is from the 1978 book called „Jenny and the Cat Club‟ by Esther Averill.
The artist included this fire station in the story panel as a way of incorporating the working fire alarm on the wall into the painting and it totally works!

This next panel combines a couple of fairy tale images. We see Little Red Riding Hood on her way to Grandma‟s
house carrying a basket of food for her sickly grandma. As we remember that visit did not turn out well.
And in this panel we see the Three Little Pigs with their houses of straw, wood and bricks. The big bad wolf plays in both stories and is seen in the panel as well.
Finally, this panel illustrates the adventure of Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack is seen at the bottom of the beanstalk with the Ogre in hot pursuit. Jack and his mother lived happily ever after.
Also, pictured in the panel is Puss in Boots. These panels are great visuals for you to bring children or grandchildren to the library and share some of the fairy tales and great children‟s literature.
Other public art on the lower level includes a statue that greets you as you arrive.
Titled “Time Out‟ is depicts a young boy who had laid down his baseball glove, hung his ball cap on the chair back, and settled into a rocker to enjoy reading a good book.

The artist is Gary Lee Price and the piece was purchased by Gib and Lou Reese, through the Reese Family Foundation.
This final piece is a large wall mural in the Teen Café‟. It includes a juke box and 50‟s style furnishings including a diner booth. The goal for artist Mary Skrenta was to come up with a combination of a contemporary look with a 1950‟s diner feel.
Skrenta, along with students Tiffany Metzger, Nicole Henry and Alex Mathews, created the mural while the artist was teaching at COTC.
Skrenta is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbus College of Art and Design.
That concludes this segment of public art in Licking County, featured last month and this, highlighting some 15-varied and interesting works of art that help to make our Main Library a vibrant, interesting and fun place to visit. My editorial comment is this – Our public libraries throughout the County are our greatest free public resource – so visit and enjoy. Libraries are people places and for all ages!

Symphony Planning Saint Patrick‟s Day Special Concert
The Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra‟s Saint Patrick's Day Concert will be at The Midland Theatre on Saturday, March 17th at 7:30 pm.
The NGSO will perform this Irish holiday concert at the Historic Midland Theatre on North Park Place in downtown Newark.
The Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra will be joined by guest conductor Luis Biava, the Championship Millennium Irish Step Dancers.
Also featured will be special guest dance soloist from the actual Riverdance production, Kincaid Stringer.
Tickets are available by calling 740-345-LIVE(5483) or visit
Support the Center for the Visually Impaired
As a member of the Newark Lions Club, I would ask you to consider joining community members 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!
News from the Agricultural Community
Licking County Commissioners join others in inducting three longtime area farmers in the County Agriculture Hall of Fame.
Ron Thompson, age 73, has farmed in the Utica area since 1973. He put in 30-years as an Agriculture Science teacher and FFA Advisor at Utica High School. Involved with building the new beef building at the Hartford Fair, Ron has served on the Hartford Fair Board since 1974 and helps organize the annual „steer pool‟.
Rodney Newell, age 73, of Croton worked closely in his farm career with OSU Extension hosting agronomy field days and utilizing the latest technology. Newell spent 33-years with the Ohio National Guard and serving on active duty in seven overseas humanitarian deployments. He has been a leader in his community and in developing the County Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Roger Pickering, age 87, was born and raised in Etna Township. An Ohio State graduate with a degree in dairy science, he built his Rustling Brooks Farms with a herd of Holstein cows. Pickering served in the Army during the Korean conflict. He returned to build his breeding stock that was sold in twenty nations around the world. He is also heavily involved with the West Licking Historical Society.
In the photo above (left to right) … Ron Thompson and wife Carol; Rodney Newell and wife Carolyn; Roger Pickering and wife Astrid; and the keynote speaker at the event, Emma Sterwerf, a State FFA Officer.

Let me send a „shout out‟ of congratulations to local residents Jim and Mary Competti on the publication of their second gardening and DIY book titled, “Raised Row Gardening”.
The book debuted in the top five on Amazon‟s list of Home and Gardening publications. It is a great read!
Over the past decade the Competti‟s moved from Newark to land in Hanover Township, and have built a beautiful log home and barn, and established their „Old World Garden Farms”.
Most interesting is that their weekly blog at , as well as Face Book postings and You Tube channel have attracted an audience of tens of thousands of folks around the world. Jim and Mary share their tips and gardening advice, DIY adventures, and recipes. Check them out – they are making Licking County proud!
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 displays, activities and give aways are planned!
Congratulations to Wilson‟s Garden Center on their 60th Anniversary
The public is invited to the celebration on Tuesday, March 20th at Wilson‟s at 10923 Lambs Lane NE off State Route 16 east of Newark.
The festivities will include tours, food and music. Join Commissioners Duane Flowers, Rick Black and Tim Bubb, Newark Mayor Jeff Hall and Park National Bank Chairman Dan Delawder to kick-off the anniversary celebration at 3:00pm. Enjoy music with Barefoot McCoy from 3:00pm till 5:00pm.
Update from the Licking County Master Gardeners
Garden Planning – by Pat Smith, Master Gardener Volunteer
Very shortly it will be time to plant early peas. But first let‟s talk about the p‟s that need attention from gardeners right now. Late winter/early spring is not a season that is as busy as summer but it is a time when the gardener needs to get going to have less pressure in a few weeks. So what to do first?
PLAN – Start with a diagram of your gardening space. It doesn‟t need to be anything elaborate and although graph paper may make it easier, you can use the back of your grocery list if you like. The point is that you know where things go and what sort of supplies you need. Include established beds or gardens and any new plantings you would like to have. Evaluate whether your beds and gardens will need amended with fertilizer or compost and start a list for more efficient shopping. Your plan can always be changed if something is not available or practical but getting organized early will prove to be a blessing later.
PLANT – Now that you have some idea what you want in your garden, you can evaluate the seeds you already have for viability and what you need to purchase. Then look at the packets to see what needs to be started indoors before transplanting. Some plants e.g. peppers take a lot longer than others. Those plants can be started now with a goal of being ready to plant after the last frost usually around May 10. Plan to start both vegetables and flowers. You can plant them together or in special beds. If you are not experienced in indoor growing, a class is being offered by Master Gardeners free of charge as part of the ongoing Veggie Series. The class will be at the Extension Office on February 24 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. and will include hands-on planting. For more information, call 740-670-5322 or email
PRUNE – The third P to attend to this time of year concerns the trees and shrubs in your landscape. It is helpful to do necessary pruning while the plants are still dormant. General rules of pruning include removing any dead, damaged or diseased branches of the plant. Any crossing limbs need removal and a plant or fruit tree that is too dense to be productive will need the center opened up. Pruning generally is done to keep the plants in a certain shape or encourage a burst of growth when they break dormancy. In addition to trees and shrubs, some perennials may need pruned especially if they were left standing over the winter. DON‟T prune anything now that blooms in the spring or you will likely not have flowers.
As we begin to have somewhat warmer days, the gardener in you may be itching to get going on the 2018 season and these early tasks will give you the opportunity to do that. You are encouraged to consider a plant that you haven‟t planted before just for the fun of it.
A FREE series on Vegetable Gardening is being offered through September.
The location is the OSU Cooperative Extension Office in the County Ag Building at 771 East Main Street in East Newark. Below is the list of programs – no registration is needed to attend.
For details visit www.Licking.OSU.Edu or e-mail Program Coordinator Lori Swihart at Swihart.33@OSU.Edu or call her at 740-670-5322.
Saturday, March 24, 9:30-11:00 AM
Preparing Garden Beds and Planting for Early Crops
Saturday, April 21, 9:30-11:00 AM
Planting For Summer, Limited Space Options
Saturday, May 26, 9:30-11:00 AM
Maintaining a Healthy Garden
Saturday, June 23, 9:30-11:00 AM
Harvesting Vegetables, Herbs, and Planting for Late Crops
Saturday, July 21, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Open House at Learning Gardens
Saturday, August 25, 9:30-11:00 AM
Tomato Tasting, Seed Saving
Saturday, September 22, 9:30-11:00 AM
Putting the Garden to Rest
In addition, a Spring Conference titled „Four Seasons of Gardening – Going Wild‟ is being offered on Saturday, March 31st from 8:00am till 4:00pm on the C-TEC (Career and Technologies Education Center) Campus in north Newark at 150 Price Road. Tickets are $40 in advance and $40 at the door the day of the event.
It will feature gardening expert Melinda Myers; Shana Byrd, the Director of Land Conservation at Dawes Arboretum; and Steve Ross and Jennifer Kleinrichert, on „Rewilding Land, Spirit and Life‟.
Visit www.FourSeasonsof or call 740-503-5108 for information.
Think Spring!

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Order deadline for tree orders is March 19th. Tree pick up is April 6th.
Licking County Soil and Water Seeking an Educator
They are looking for a part-time (20-32 hours/week) „Conservation Educator‟ to provide educational opportunities in natural resource management, especially related to soil science, water quality, storm water and low impact development, and agriculture and farming practices for the residents of Licking County.
Application procedure:
• Submit cover letter, resume and three references to Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District, 771 East Main St., Suite 100, Newark, OH 43055 or
• Application Deadline – All documents must be received by mail, email or in person at the Soil & Water office by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
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Best Regards!
Commissioner Tim Bubb
Tim Bubb, Commissioner