Uncertain Syrup

Dawes event going Strong, but Sap Flow is Unpredictable!

JACKSONTOWN – Dawes Arboretum’s annual Maple Syrup Madness event is in full swing with new and improved displays, complete with a roaring fire and bubbling boiler in the sugarhouse, but, thanks to the weather, it’s uncertain how much syrup Dawes will be able to produce this year. “As of right now, if the long-range forecast holds true we may not […]

Village council wants to turn Lakefest into a legacy

BUCKEYE LAKE – Village Council members, Monday night, discussed keeping the annual “Lakefest” celebration alive as a tribute to its creator, the late John Sproat, who passed away unexpectedly Jan. 26. “He was a good friend and a buddy,” said council President Jeryne Peterson. And, the village should “continue on with something he had such a dream and desire for.” […]

Contractors: It’s difficult to do work in Baltimore

BALTIMORE – An effort 15 months ago to fix a problem is having the opposite effect. Ace Hardware store owner Rick Foreman asked three Baltimore contractors to come to Monday night’s council meeting to explain their frustrations with the City of Lancaster’s Certified Building & Zoning Department. The Village of Baltimore turned over building code inspections to Lancaster’s department effective […]

Refinancing could save nearly $1 million

HEBRON – Refunding or refinancing the bonds first issued in 1999 to build the new Lakewood High School and renovate existing buildings could save district taxpayers nearly $1 million over the next 12 years. That savings is equivalent to a .21 mill reduction for property owners based on 2014 assessed values. Mike Burns, Director, Robert W. Baird & Company, explained […]

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More disturbing reports about the Licking County Animal Shelter

Editor: Before I continue sharing an exit interview letter (from a former pound employee) from last week, I’d like to share something else I found to be disturbing at the Licking County Animal Shelter (dog pound). A recent public records request revealed that Dog Warden John Silva, was spending money on everything from handcuffs to Smart TVs but failed to […]

Lloyd Fyffe

A funeral service celebrating the life of Lloyd Fyffe, age 88, of Thornville, was held February 23, 2015,. at the Thornville home of Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service with Pastor Brian Harkness officiating. Burial followed in Jacksontown Cemetery with the Buckeye Lake VFW providing military honors. Lloyd was born in Hitchins, Kentucky on December 20, 1926, to the late Mark […]

Robin Diana Glaub

Graveside inurnment services for Robin Diana Glaub, 57, of Thornville, were held at Fairmont Cemetery on February 24, 2015, with Chaplain Jeff Smith as celebrant. Robin died at Licking Memorial Hospital on February 16, 2015. She was born in Canton, on October 15, 1957, to the late Elmer and Mary (Gore) Donahue. She is survived by her husband of 37 […]

Donna Mae Richardson

Donna Mae Richardson, age 60, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ Saturday, February 21, 2015, while at Summit’s Trace Healthcare Center of Columbus. Donna, beloved mother, daughter, and sister, was born June 20, 1954, in Cleveland. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Irene Richardson of Medina; and by a brother, Vernon […]

Leanna “Mom” Sears

Leanna “Mom” Sears, age 67, of Kirkersville, passed away February 5, 2015,, at Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark. She was born December 11, 1947, in Columbus, to John P. and Gail L. (Myers) Wagstaff. Leanna owned and operated the Village Tavern in Kirkersville for over 30 years. As a local restaurant owner, you could expect Leanna to be at the […]