Walnut Township Trustee Ralph Zollinger was honored at a surprise luncheon last Friday for his 20 years service as trustee. He is retiring at the end of the year. Former township road supervisor Randy Kemmerer, who retired Oct. 31, talks about the 20 years he spent working with Ralph as Patty Zollinger patiently listens. Earlier, Fairfield Beach resident Bob Ball gave Ralph an original Fairfielder from February 1943 with a photo of then Millersport High School basketball team Captain Ralph “Porky” Zollinger. He had managed to escape that nickname. Beacon photo by Charles Prince.
Hebron Village Administrator Mike McFarland is also retiring at the end of the year. Village officials and staff held a reception in his honor last Thursday. Here McFarland, on the right, talks with an old friend. Municipal administration represented a second career for the Hebron native who served as village administrator for 10 years. His first position was income tax administrator after he took early retirement from AT&T. Dozens of associates from Licking County stopped by to thank him for his help with the Chamber of Commerce and county economic development efforts. Beacon photo by Charles Prince.
Holiday lights fans more than filled Nick and Connie Wildermuth’s sleigh last weekend. Both were stunned by the generosity of visitors driving by to see and hear their light-covered home complete with 21 Christmas songs programmed to the lights. The sleigh overflowed with 525 food items. The food and $150 in cash donations will go to the LEADS Food Pantry in Buckeye Lake. As a thank you, the light and music show will continue from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1. In Hebron, take East Cumberland Street off South High Street to Parks Avenue. You can’t miss it. Visitors can continue to drop off food donations in their driveway. Beacon photo by Charles Prince.