Licking County Update for October 2017 from Commissioner Tim Bubb

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October 03, 2017
October 2017
Licking County Update
from Commissioner Tim Bubb

(Drone photo looking northeast over the newly restored 1876 Courthouse „gold‟ dome during construction this past summer!)
Greetings and best wishes as we enter the autumn season of 2017! Due to dry conditions the annual fall changing of leaf colors may be early and brief, so make it a point to get out and enjoy both great weather and the „fall colors‟. It‟s also time to hit the local pumpkin patches, including the new VanBuren Acres corn maze and farm attractions at I-70 and State Route 158 south of Kirkersville.
Early voting for the November General Election begins next week and in this Update I will ask for your support for the levy to care for abused and neglected children in our community. *This Sunday, October 8th from Noon to 3:00pm plan to stop by the Canal Market Pavilion in downtown Newark for a special Chili-Bowl Cook-Off in support of the Children Services Levy.
Note, on Tuesday, October 17th the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities will celebrate their „Golden Anniversary‟. The public is invited to stop by the E.S. Weiant Center at 116 North 22nd Street in west Newark between 4:00pm and 7:00pm to join in this 50th birthday celebration!
Many „fall‟ events are happening this month. The Historic Jail and its supporters are staging their 3rd annual „Jail of Terror‟ on Friday and Saturday nights each weekend this month. Also this month the first „Jailhouse Rock Beer Fest‟ is planned for Saturday, October 14th. And the Final Friday in downtown Newark for 2017 is a „Fall Festival‟ on Friday, October 27th.

Children Services Levy Needs Your Support
Ohio‟s drug epidemic is a major factor in the recent Commissioner‟s decision to place a levy on the fall ballot to help cover the ever increasing costs for services to children. This is a critical community issue as the number of children in the care of the County has doubled over the past couple of years. This one mill levy would cost property owners about $35 per year per $100-thousand in home valuation.
John Fisher, the Director of the County‟s Department of Job and Family Services explains, the current Children Services Levy continues to fall short of the need with growing numbers of children being served, some with more severe behavioral issues requiring increased residential treatment because of the parents‟ drug addictions. The number of children in the
care of Licking County is now nearly 450, up from 366 at the end of last year. Fisher adds, “I believe we can‟t wait as the needs of these children continue to grow. This year the shortfall in children services funding will top $3-million necessitating the levy request.”
*This coming Sunday, October 8th from Noon to 3:00pm plan to stop by the Canal Market Pavilion in downtown Newark for a special Chili-Bowl Cook-Off in support of the Children Services Levy. This will be a tasty fun-filled event. Visit „Citizens for Children Services‟ on Facebook. Ticket/donations of $10 (children free) to taste chili are made by these restaurants…Barrel and Boar, Frank and Sammies, Park Place Bistro, Poppy‟s Roadside Diner, Bummie‟s Pub and Grill, the Grill Deli and Catering, Pappy‟s on 79, LaPaloma and Moe‟s Barbecue. (You can vote for your favorite!)
Bring the entire family this Sunday as kids events will be featured, along with a donut and cookie sale, cider, and a silent auction.
We need your YES vote for this critical levy - whether your vote early in person voting starting October 11th, absentee by mail, or on Election Day November 7th.
*Note – Tuesday, October 10th is the final day to register to vote in November and the Board of Elections downtown will be open till 9:00pm that final day.

“Jail of Terror” Haunted Jail – Even Scarier – Returns to Downtown Each Weekend in October

The 2017 “Jail of Terror” annual „Haunted Jail‟ is featured each Friday and Saturday evening in October. The times for these „haunted events‟ is 7:00pm till Midnight each evening!
Tickets are $17 or $25 for Fast Pass, which allows you to go to the head of the line. More information will be available at or call 740-345-JAIL (5245). Parking is free. Proceeds from this „family event‟ during October will go toward continued preservation and restoration of the Historic Jail in downtown Newark, which dates to 1889.

Jailhouse Rock Beer Fest – Great New Event

In addition, the community is invited to a 1st time special event – on Saturday, October 14th – it is the „Jailhouse Rock Beer Fest‟. Some 16 local and regional breweries will be on hand, along with six outstanding „rock‟ bands.
The cost is $12 the day of the event. Sheriff‟s and Warden Passes are also for sale which includes admission and beverage packages. It will be in the Canal Market Pavilion, beside the „Jail of Terror‟, and will run from 5:00pm till 10:00 that evening, rain or shine! This Beer Fest also benefits the preservation and restoration efforts of the
Historic Jail. *If you are interested in volunteering to help at this event or any Jail event, call 740-345-JAIL (5245).
Historic Jail Volunteers Recognized for Their Efforts

At a special volunteer recognition event the following Governmental Preservation Society (GPS) volunteers were honored for 2016 and 2017 contributions to numerous projects.
2016 Deputy Dynamite: Nelson Smith
2016 Sheriff Smiley: Sophia McGuire
2016 Model Prisoner: Keith Alexander
2016 Repeat Offender: Darrin Smith
2016 Warden – Volunteer of the Year: Jim Young

(Pictured – front l-r – Lisa Rhodes, Sophia McGuire, Darrin Smith and Chris Long. Back row l-r – Jim Young, Zane Wachtel, Heather Spivey and Teri Long)
2017 Deputy Dynamite: Karen Birtcher
2017 Sheriff Smiley: Zane Wachtel
2017 Model Prisoner: Lisa Rhodes
2017 Repeat Offender: Heather Spivey
2017 Warden – Volunteer of the Year: Chris and Teri Long

Licking County Christmas Courthouse Lighting Returns

The 69th annual Courthouse Holiday Lighting Campaign community fund raising effort is underway! The annual Christmas holiday celebration, planned for Friday, November 24th, will bring thousands of resident‟s downtown for the festivities!
The longtime Christmas holiday tradition returns in 2017 to the Courthouse Square, with the return of decorations on the historic and restored 1876 Courthouse, and on the lawn of the Courthouse Park. The community will also enjoy the new colored LED lights on the top of the Courthouse and on its Tower.
A special community sing-a-long is planned for the evening of November 24th, and Santa and a special guest will arrive around 7:00pm that evening to kick-off the Christmas Season in Licking County.
The community fundraising goal for the 2017 lighting project is $20,000. These funds will be used for decorating the historic Courthouse and Courthouse Park, and to stage the Santa arrival program on this traditional Friday night after Thanksgiving! The Community Lighting Fundraising Campaign will run through Friday, October 6th. Additional information on the project is available at the website: www.courthouselighting.com
In support of the Courthouse Lighting Campaign letters asking for contributions have being mailed to area businesses, individuals and previous supporters. Contributions are tax-deductible and may be sent to: Licking County Courthouse Lighting Committee - Post Office Box 292 -Newark, Ohio 43058-0292.

* Also, this year the Courthouse Lighting Committee is pleased to again collaborate with the Canal Market District as they host their 2nd annual Christmas Market featuring holiday decorations, market food vendors, crafts and food trucks the afternoon and early evening of Friday, November 24th from 3:00pm till 6:30pm. Holiday celebrants can come to downtown Newark the afternoon of November 24th to enjoy the Canal Market District and stay for the evening festivities at the Courthouse Square!

Licking County Joins the Fight Against the Opioid Distributors

This past week the Licking County Commissioners, working with County Prosecutor Bill Hayes, began taking a crucial step to hold accountable the companies responsible for dumping millions of dollars‟ worth of prescription opiates into its community, hiring legal representatives to file a lawsuit against the wholesale drug distributors that made the opioid epidemic possible.
Licking County is filing its suit against the country‟s three largest wholesale drug distributors, which breached their legal duties to monitor, detect, investigate, refuse and report suspicious orders of prescription opioids. The wholesale drug distributors listed as defendants in the lawsuit include McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen Drug.
Speaking for the County, Commissioner Duane Flowers (photo left) said, “We are taking this action today because the costs of this opioid crisis have overwhelmed our ability to provide for the health and safety of our residents.”
Prosecutor Hayes (photo right) added, “Homes have been broken and families torn apart by this epidemic, which has claimed victims from all walks of life. But this opioid epidemic did not happen by accident. Rather, it is the result of the negligence by wholesale distributors of their legal duty to monitor, identify and report suspicious activity in the size and frequency of opioid shipments to pharmacies and hospitals.”
Because prescription opioids are a highly addictive substance, in 1970 Congress designed a system to control the volume of opioid pills being distributed in this country. It let only a select few wholesalers gain the right to deliver opioids. In exchange, those companies agreed to do a very important job – halt suspicious
orders and control against the diversion of these dangerous drugs to illegitimate uses. But in recent years they failed to do that, and today the Licking County community is paying the price.
The Licking County Commissioners are working with a consortium of law firms to hold pharmaceutical wholesale distributors accountable for failing to do what they were charged with doing under the federal Controlled Substances Act – monitor, identify and report suspicious activity in the size and frequency of opioid shipments to pharmacies and hospitals.
The opioid epidemic has grown worse as people who were addicted to prescription pills have, thanks to heightened enforcement efforts, found them harder to come by. But the residents of Licking County continue to bear the burden of the cost of the epidemic, as the costs of treatment for addiction, education and law enforcement have continued to rise. According to a federal study, roughly 1 in 7 people who received a refill or had a second opioid prescription authorized were still on opioids one year later.

Senator Jay Hottinger Honored for Supporting Children Services

The Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO) recently honored Senator Jay Hottinger, of Newark, with it „Legislator of the Year Award‟. He received the Gayle Channing Tenenbaum Award for his understanding and concern, as a citizen and as a legislator, for abused and neglected children, and most recently the children who are victims of the drug epidemic. Hottinger is pictured with Licking County Job and Family Services (JFS) Director John Fisher.

The NGSO Season Opener - Hear It Live!

The Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of new Musical Director Dr. Russel C. Mikkelson, opens their 2017-18 Season with a special performance featuring the duo „Black Violin‟ with the orchestra. This event will be Sunday, October 15th at 7:00pm at the Midland Theatre in downtown Newark.
The group „Black Violin‟ are Wil Baptiste (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin). These brilliant musicians will bring music like you have never heard before. Black Violin has performed with artists such as Alicia Keys, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, and many more. They bridge the musical gap between classical music and hip-hop. This will be a memorable concert for all music lovers and a performance like none other.
Black Violin is an American hip hop duo from Florida composed of two classically trained string instrumentalists, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste, who go by the stage names Kev Marcus and Wil B. Kev Marcus plays the violin and Wil B. plays the viola. They met in high school, went to different colleges, and then later joined to create the musical group Black Violin. The duo plays a variety of music (relying heavily upon classical music), but are often categorized as hip hop because of the changes to the rhythm and beats. This mingling of hip hop and classical sensibilities is what is generally thought to give them their distinctive style.
For details call the Midland Box Office at 740-354-5483 or visit www.NGSYMPHONY.ORG .

Heisey Wind Ensemble (HWE) Opens 2017-18 Season

On Sunday evening, October 22nd HWE will kick-off their new season with a 7:30pm concert at the Reese Center on the Newark Campus. The title of the program is "Classics and Comics". Included on the program will be: Flashing Winds by Jan Van der Roost, This Cruel Moon by John Mackey, First Suite for Band by Alfred Reed, March of the Belgian Paratroopers by Pieer Leemans Swamp Rabbit Stomp, and by Michael Sweeney Highlights from Annie arranged by Johan de Meij
And looking ahead to the holidays the HWE‟s annual Christmas Concert will be Saturday, December 9th at 7:30pm in downtown Newark at the Midland Theatre.

Newark Teacher‟s Thoughts on Summer County Internship
By Cara Noyes
From June 26-30, 2017, I had the awesome opportunity to participate in the Summer Teacher Externship Program (S.T.E.P.). As Verdie Able told me on day one that, “Recycling isn‟t glamorous, but it‟s important and a lot more complex and involved than most people realize. Recycling is one of those small things that everyone can do on their own to make the world a slightly better place to live.”
Licking County Recycling‟s mission is to conserve natural resources and protect the environment. LCR has an excellent educational outreach program to teach citizens about environmental and
community benefits. They also coordinate recycling at the Hartford Fair. I had the pleasure of volunteering at the LCR booth for two days this summer.
As a music educator in Newark City Schools, I wondered what kinds of connections I could make between recycling and music. I was surprised to find out many ways to blend the two together. I plan to teach multiple lessons to my K-5 Cherry Valley music students. Also, did you know that LCR has a resource room for teachers? They‟ve collected an abundance of free materials. Already I have recommended this resource to multiple teaching colleagues.
My S.T.E.P. week at Licking County Recycling taught me how the small things add up to something big (like 6 million pounds of waste reduction!) LCR has impacted my everyday decisions as a consumer, and I look forward to volunteering with this outstanding county agency for many years to come.

New Playground at County Health Department Site
The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) received a $15,000 “Let's Play Community Construction” grant by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! that was used to build a playground on the grounds of the Licking County Health Department recently.
The grant is part of Let‟s Play, an initiative by DPS to provide kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority. Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically,
emotionally, socially and intellectually, yet today‟s kids have less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation. As a result of Let‟s Play grants and projects, more than 6.5 million kids will benefit from new or improved playgrounds around the nation by the end of 2020.
Through this grant funding, LCHD installed a playground for children ages twelve and under. Licking County Health Commissioner, Joe Ebel, said, "In combination with LCHD‟s walking trail, this playground will result in an easily accessible and safe physical activity destination for both LCHD clients and local residents to adopt a healthy lifestyle. By encouraging physical activity early in life, LCHD is hopeful to change the long-term habits of the county‟s youth and their families."
LCHD is located at 675 Price Road in Newark (the north side of Newark) where there are no other playgrounds within a half-mile distance. The playground will be located on the east lawn of the building and will feature playground equipment appropriate for children ages twelve and under complete with mulch, benches and trash bins.

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Best Wishes enjoying the autumn season, and the Halloween Ghosts and Goblins!
Commissioner Tim Bubb
Tim Bubb, Commissioner