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February 13, 2011

West Licking Joint Fire District

2.5-mill property tax levy set for May By MICHAEL J. MAURER ThisWeek Community Newspapers The West Licking Joint Fire District met Feb. 10 to discuss its annual budget, which is due April 1. Fiscal officer Elisabeth Krugh reported that the board had submitted to the board of elections a fiveyear, 2.5-mill property tax renewal levy

a $100,000 home $76.56 annually. The levy would raise $2.4-million annually A closer look of the district’s total budget of $9.1-million, Krugh said. If approved by the voters, the levy In other business, human resources ofwould cost the owner of a $100,000 ficer Terra Woolard told board members home $76.56 annually. the district had been quoted an increase for the May ballot. If approved by the in health insurance premiums of 38 pervoters, the levy would cost the owner of cent, based upon a particularly bad year

for claims, but that it was likely that the insurance coverage and deductibles would be adjusted to bring the proposed increase to 15 percent or even as low as 7 percent. “It’s across the board,” Woolard said. “We had a wide spectrum of medical conditions last year.” The district has 63 fulltime employees eligible for the health insurance plan and

another 28 part-time employees who are not eligible for health insurance. Fire chief David Fulmer said that this year’s increase should be compared to last year’s increase of zero percent, when the claims experience was better. The board also approved a staff recSee LEVY, page A3

Pataskala may take over Beechwood Trails water

THE FINISHING TOUCHES

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Mitzi Walters puts the finishing touches on her artwork in the grooming area of All Tails ‘R’ Waggin Pet Care & Adoption Center in Pataskala. Walters’ artwork can be seen throughout the business, which offers grooming, boarding and a number of pets up for adoption. All Tails ‘R’ Waggin is at 12591 Worthington Road — the old state Route 161.

The city of Pataskala is evaluating whether to end an agreement with Licking County for a jointly operated water system at Beechwood Trails, which represents about one-fourth of the city’s total sewage customers. City administrator Tim Boland told city council Feb. 7 that the subdivision represents about 800 customers and brings in annual revenue of approximately $190,000 and annual expenses of approximately $75,000. The original agreement was entered in 1986 and a March 17 deadline is pending under which the city must decide to continue the existing terms for another five years or to acquire the system outright. “The city has postponed investing large-scale capital improvements in this area until the status of this agreement is determined,” Boland said. “Beechwood Trails represents about 25 percent of the city’s customer base.” Under the current agreement between the county and the city, either party may terminate the existing agreement by giving five year’s notice. If the city acquires the system as the administration is proposing, the agreement would end and the city would be the sole operator. “The city would be acquiring the Beechwood trails system under this agreement,” Boland

said. “We’re trying to negotiate the acquisition of that system by the city and there would be no more Tim Boland discussion of termination (of the joint agreement).” Council member Bernie Brush said he was concerned that the system as originally installed was substandard and would lead to excessive costs for the city. “That is an old system that was not installed property and we do have problems with it we have to address,” Brush said. “I just want to make sure the current water rates, are they taking into consideration the cost?” Boland said the city was making regular repairs to the system and that it was improving over time. “The primary issues are essentially the installation and backfill and some concerns we’ve had about that,” Boland said. “There is nothing we can do about that because it’s ancient history. We’ve had a number of leaks, probably more in that area than in other areas. The positive news is we have been repairing those and the system has gradually been improving. But it does I would not be accurate if I did not say we do have greater than normal costs See SYSTEM, page A3

Etna studies Utica: General’s drinking-water legacy kept alive protection By PAUL COMSTOCK

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Etna Township sponsored an educational meeting Feb. 7 to examine the protection of drinking-water supplies in Etna Township and Southwest Licking County. Don Rector, director of the Southwest Licking Community Water and Sewer District, said water and sewer capacity is a resource that people assume will always be available but must be managed. “Safe, reliable drinking water

be assured, it is vital to the success of this community,” Rector said. “Providing water and for that matter sanitary sewer resources is instrumental in any type of development we have here; whether it is commercial, warehouses, interchanges, residential, it is vital to protect those resources.” Township resident Mark Schaff, a member of the township economic development committee and the comprehensive land-use See ETNA, page A3

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Any mention of great Civil War generals is bound to include the names Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee and William Tecumseh Sherman. Tom Paul of Harlem Township is working hard to see that William Starke Rosecrans is added to that list. Rosecrans was born in Delaware County on what is now Rosecrans Road. He later lived in Utica, where as a teenager he worked as a store clerk. At the height of his influence in the Union Army, he commanded the Army of the Cumberland, tasked with keeping the Confederates out of Tennessee.

He earlier helped organize federal troops in Ohio and spearheaded the effort that drove rebel troops out of what would become West Virginia. This year is the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. It was commemorated by a 150th Civil War Gala Jubilee Feb. 12 in the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. During the event, actors and reenactors portrayed personalities from the Civil War. Rosecrans and his wife, Anne, were portrayed by Paul and his wife, Linda. The event will raise money to construct an equestrian statue of Rosecrans on the Sunbury village Tom Paul and his wife, Linda, were scheduled to portray Union Gen. William Rosecrans and his wife, Anne, at the square. 150th Civil War Gala Jubilee to be held Feb. 12 in the Ohio

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Etna Township comprehensive planning committee hearing set

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Strength of public interest at March 29 meeting will decide if there will be more By MICHAEL J. MAURER ThisWeek Community Newspapers

The Etna Township comprehensive planning committee met Feb. 8 to make final changes to its comprehensive plan, which has been under review and revision since 2008 and has been the subject of several meetings throughout 2010. Committee members agreed to set a public hearing for March 29 at 7 p.m. at the township hall, and depending upon public interest to make a decision that night or possibly at a meeting the next day, March 30. Committee member Mark Schaff recommended that the committee announce publicly that no decision would be made that night, but concerns about meeting requirements under state law and uncertainty about whether members of the public would attend the meeting led the committee to avoid making any commitment before the March 29 meeting. “I recommend that we announce ahead of time that we’ll have a public hearing, but that we’ll make a decision at a subsequent meeting,” Schaff said. “It can be shortly thereafter. I’m not trying to delay anything, but I think it helps keep emotions down if people know going into a public hearing that the decision will not be made that night. It gives time

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for people to calm down and consider the content of the public comments.” Township zoning administrator Chris Harkness said it could depend on public interest. “If we have no one show up or two people show up, that’s a little different than if we have 30 people show up and make a lot of comments,” Harkness said. “I would agree if there are a lot of public comments or the crowd is sort of unruly, then it’s good to take time. But I suspect that participation and interest will die way down, and I’d hate to see us have to reschedule a meeting just to come back when we could have decided that night.” The plan includes many land use goals, including preserving the rural character of Etna Township even in the face of development. Among polices that could be adopted by township trustees is setting large lot sizes and using agricultural easements. Other aspects of the plan include pollution control, industrial development and residential zoning standards, such as maximum height requirements. When the planning committee finishes its work, the plan will be forwarded to the zoning commission, which will then take action it believes appropriate. The proposed plan will include responsible parties and timelines for actions, such as approving lot sizes.

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ROSECRANS Continued from page A1 Paul is part of what he called “a living history group,” the General Rosecrans Department of the Ohio Headquarters Unit, which is part of the Big Walnut Area Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The unit is involved in demonstrations and mock battles, but its larger purpose is education and teaching about the Civil War era, Paul said. He said his interest in the Civil War stems from his childhood, when one of the items in his household was a Civil War sword. Paul later learned he is related to Union Gen. Gabriel Paul, who was shot in the head at Gettysburg, but survived and lived another 20 years. Another relative was Union Col. James Paul, who served under Rosecrans and probably was the sword’s original owner. Paul said the reputation accorded to Grant should have gone to Rosecrans. Rosecrans “was a terrific general, one of our best, and was nearly president of the United States twice,” Paul said. “He formed Ohio’s army and led it into war. ... He set two training camps, Camp Chase in Columbus and Camp Dennison in Cincinnati. “He did the impossible. He formed an army and marched into West Virginia and saved Ohio from attack. ... He freed West Virginia so it could secede from Virginia.” Rosecrans is the only leading Union general who has no statue. Paul attributes this to a legacy that is skewed against Rosecrans, mainly because of what Paul calls the wartime opposition of a political enemy, secretary of war Edwin Stanton. Grant also held a grudge against Rosecrans, Paul said. Rosecrans led the Yankees at

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the battle of Chickamauga in northwest Georgia in September 1863. Union forces accidentally left a large section of the battlefield open, and thousands of Confederates broke through, sending part of Rosecrans’army in retreat to the west, toward Chattanooga. Union Gen. George Thomas and other troops stayed on the Chickamauga battlefield to hold off the rebels, while Rosecrans went to Chattanooga to organize defenses there. Thomas became a hero, nicknamed “the rock of Chickamauga,” and Rosecrans — as characterized by most historical accounts — had a public relations disaster on his hands. Stanton said, “Rosecrans ran away from his fighting men.” Grant ordered Thomas to take over the Army of the Cumberland and Rosecrans was sent to Missouri. Paul downplays the strategic significance of Chickamauga, calling it “an accidental battle at a creek.” Most history books, he

said, overlook the fact that Rosecrans followed the orders he received by keeping the rebels out of Chattanooga, which was a priority for the Union. Paul said Zanesville sculptor Alan Cottrill, who has built statues around the world, has agreed to sculpt the Rosecrans statue for half his normal fee. The statue will sit on a donated block of granite. For more information, visit http://RosecransHeadquarters.org or call (740) 965-3582.

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ETNA committee, said he hoped that the township would work to incorporate water protection standards into its future land-use plans. “I hope that’s one of the results of this meeting,” Schaff said. “It’s very important to get a written drinking water source protection plan incorporated into our zoning regulations and our comprehensive plan.” Ohio EPA geologist Michael Bondoc described the characteristics of groundwater aquifers, noting that the bedrock that underlies the state has valleys and hills carved by millennia of geographic changes, and that these hills and valleys are then altered by backfill of clays and sand and gravel that affect where water collects from the natural weather cycle. The result is a widely varying system where water flows in underground rivers, in some places producing large amounts of water and in other places producing hardly any water at all. Even in places where water flows at high rates, Bondoc said, it can take one year to five years for groundwater to move a significant distance underground. “If a contaminate were released

somewhere along this line (describing high flow areas), it might take five years to travel to the well field,” Bondoc said. “We look more closely at the wells where there might be more of an immediate threat, and in that case we use a 1 year time of travel.” Activities within the “inner management zone” that represents a one-year time of travel receive the most attention. “We want more stringent protection of activities in that area,” Bondoc said. Rector said that areas that have heavy clay act as a sort of barrier, while areas full of lose sand act as transmission areas for water. “Sometimes you get a nice thick layer of clay that is a good barrier and sometimes you don’t,” Rector said. Bondoc said there are three steps to protecting water, with first step being to identify where the groundwater flow is, the second step doing an inventory of activities that represent sources of pollutants, and the third step being a plan to respond to the threats. Possible threats are septic tanks, surface runoff and commercial and industrial activities, including farming and transportation. Merely identifying sources of pollution

is not necessarily a problem. “It does not mean they have contaminated the aquifer or they will,” Bondoc said. “It’s just something the community ahs to consider when they are planning for the future and planning to protect the aquifer.” Daniel Leavell, assistant professor of geology at Ohio State University Newark Campus, said it is important to try to encourage industrial activities in areas with low groundwater risk and not in the middle of highly productive aquifers. “This is an expression I’m sure you’ve all heard, it goes for a lot of things, but if you have a good well field the best thing you can do is keep it a good well field,” Leavell said. “Having (risky activity) right in the middle of a well field is not a good idea. Be careful of land use.” But Leavell said the challenge was balancing needed activity against unavoidable risks. “What’s hard is making the decisions, the land use decisions,” Leavell said. “You have to prioritize your contaminants, you have to have protective strategies, and you have to decide what can you afford to do and what can you afford not to do.”

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Continued from page A1 ommendation by assistant fire chief Harold Williams to contract with a new medical director at Mt. Carmel East. The medical director is responsible for writing prescriptions and procedures that are followed by fire fighters and EMT technicians during emergency responses. “It’s standing orders, where if you see this condition, this is what I want you to do,” Williams said. Currently, the board pays $12,000 annually to contract with Ohio State University for medical director services. Williams recommended that the district contract with Dr. Paul Zeeb at a cost of $7,300 annually, as part of a cooperative communications and support district, the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Center. The primary job of the medical director is to write the medical protocols that must be followed by EMTs, including the administering of drugs and the procedures to be followed during responses. “It’s the ABC’s of what you should be doing,” Williams said. “If you have someone having a heart attack, you assess them, maintain their airway, check their vitals. Paramedics, you start your IV, do an EKG, it’s just a prescription, a list of steps you take.” Williams said it was more appropriate to work with Mt. Carmel, because the district uses that hospital system much more frequently than any other, with 47 percent of runs to Mt. Carmel East, 9 percent to Licking Memorial Hospital, 4 percent to Children’s Hospital, 3 percent to Grant and 1 percent to OSU, with the balance to different facilities around the area. The board also recommended 3 percent pay increases to nonunion employees, to match increases given last fall to union firefighters.

in serving that area.” Boland also reported that efforts to remove a dilapidated mobile home on Depot Street were still being negotiated. The city had hoped to be able to remove the home at no cost with a contractor who would move the home for its salvage value, but Boland said the home was still being evaluated to ensure that it could be transported safely and that a private contract would be willing to do the work at no cost to the city. “My hope is we would be able to address that shortly and (the administration could report) that the city has proceeded with filing a forfeiture, but at this point in time I am not able to do that,” Boland said. Award-winning quality. National recognition. The standard of excellence.

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1976 CURRENT EXPENSE $781.83 1994 BOND ($6,638,000) $44.79 1998 BOND ($19,120,000) $124.59 2009 PERMANENT IMPROVEMENT $144.16 2010 EMERGENCY ($4,525,000) $403.13 GENERAL FUND $252.28 TAXES FOR NOVEMBER 2010 ELECTIONS ? TOTAL $1,750.78

27.31% 1.56% 4.35% 5.04% 14.08% 8.81% ? 61.15%

In 2004, SWL asked for an Operating Levy. The taxpayers voted no, so SWL stopping bussing. In 2005, the taxpayers knuckled under and voted for the Operating Levy. In 2009, SWL spent $10,000 of your tax money for a special election. For a Permanent Improvement Levy campaigning on 10 cents per day, which would guarantee strong schools. The average home in this district is $168,000.I have attached a tax statement from a home valued at $168,000. That 10 cents per day levy is costing the homeowner $403.13, which is 39 cents per day, not 10 cents. A closer look at your property taxes supports that the average homeowner is paying $2,875.10 of which $1,750.78 is going to SWL, (61.15%). Here is how it is broken down; I have used Parcel #064-068808-00.035 as a realistic example: Mental health and retardation only receive 1.77%, and senior citizens receive 2.16%. Possibly, this group can teach the school board that money does not grow on trees and wasteful spending takes away from education. In May 2010, SWL asked for another levy. Overwhelmingly, the taxpayers rejected it. SWL then spent $12,000 of your tax money on a phone survey asking people how they would vote on a levy in the future. The results concluded that the taxpayers did not trust the district, and they would no longer support it. Within weeks, SWL responded by threatening, bussing, split.-sessions, sports, and extracurricular activities. One board member openly told the public that if they would not vote for the levy, they would be producing a community of hamburger flippers. Again, they had played upon this community’s good will and fears. Reluctantly, in November 2010, this community passed the levy by a very small margin. The figures quoted above do not reflect the November 2010 levy, which will once again raise your property taxes in 2011. To prevail with the November 2010 levy, teachers and administrators campaigned throughout the school, had their classes and teams march in support of the levy, and used the PA system throughout the school as a propaganda tool to encourage the students to have their parents vote for the levy. It is against the law for SWL to use its resources to encourage a vote either way, yet they ignored numerous warnings. I had written a number of articles informing the public of facts. Those facts came directly from the Treasurer of Licking County and Southwest Licking Schools. Point by point, my last letter showed if SWL would just implement the savings wherein a $56,000 state audit concluded that SWL was wasting $2.8 million a year, the levy would not even be needed. SWL and levy supporters coerced an owner of a local newspaper to do a robophone message suggesting that my article may not be accurate. I own rental properties as my source of income. Levy supporters accuse me of trying to sway the levy for self-serving reasons. Within weeks of the levy passing, two single mothers contacted me and asked if I had anything for rent. They explained that their landlords raised their rent by $60 per month and they could no longer afford to live there. I asked how they voted on the levy. They supported it because they wanted strong schools. I asked what guarantee they were given that the money would be to improve education and not retirement programs. They could not respond other than to say they did not think their rent would be raised. I was amazed how someone could assume the cost would not be passed to them. I suggested that they ask more questions in their next community. In the last few months, I attended school board meetings where they addressed the state audit of $2.8 million wasteful spending. SWL had promised the taxpayers it would be addressed; now they claim they are going to phase it in over the next few years. Our current school board is mostly made up of people who directly or indirectly profit from the education system. They have wives and relatives as teachers within the district, and it is they who have self-serving reasons not to address wages and 100% retirement packages. In the last 10 years, in the midst of all the financial hardships, the teachers and administrators have all gotten sizeable raises every year. Throughout the campaign they argued their wage package is in line. In line with what? For working 9 months a year, the superintendent’s wage package is well over $208,000, he manages 3,000 students and 6 school buildings; the average teacher’s is $75,000. Let’s put this into perspective: the average Pataskala police officer’s wage package is $56,3651; the Chief of Police’s is $103,000 - working 12 months a year, not 9, in rain, snow, and 95 degree temperatures, they manage 12,701 residents, 144 businesses, work weekends, nights, and holidays. What do you make per year? For example, the audit concluded that class sizes should be increased, recommended the elimination of many of our administrators, and 10 teachers on special assigment - all of those could have been implemented immediately. This community has been blackmailed twice before, and it will be blackmailed again. At some point, you will either need to move or start asking some very serious questions. Did you know SWL threatened to implement split-sessions because it calculated saving the cost of a few janitors and some utilities? Then, they rubbed your nose in it by telling you that your elementary student would be bused to an unfamiliar high school. The cost of bussing those elementary and kindergarten children to the high school alone off-sets the savings of split-sessions, but our community did not ask questions, it just knuckled under to a threat that could not even be reasonably supported. The reality of the issue was they used your children as a weapon to maintain their wages and benefits. SWL has always played on this community’s good will and lack of knowledge. It is quick to announce that the state may be cutting their budget by 5%. The fact of the matter is that 5% is a very small portion of what is approaching $40 million SWL is now collecting. In addition to state money, for example, SWL collects: federal tax dollars, federaI grant money, title one money, business tax, property tax, and school income tax, which you need to pay by April 15. All of this money comes out of your pockets. When you crunch the numbers, SWL is now collecting more than $10,000 per student; many local private schools do it for $6,000 with better success. Within one month of the recent levy, SWL discussed the need for yet another levy to be placed on the ballot. If this community does not start asking questions, you will be forced to leave. We can conclude one thing: threats in this community do work, and split-sessions will be one of those threats.

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Engagement Prasher, Crawford nuptials planned Sarah Prasher, daughter of Mollie and Todd Prasher of Granville, and Shawn Crawford, son of Debra and Merle Crawford of Findlay, Ohio, have announced their engagement and plans to be married. The couple has set an Aug. 6, 2011, wedding date, with the ceremony to be held in Granville. The bride-to-be holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. She is assistant director of alumni affairs at Ohio Northern University. The future groom graduated from the University of Toledo and is employed by Rowmark. Sarah Prasher and Shawn Crawford

The Works STEMfest! coming to Works Feb. 13 The Works: Center for History, Art & Technology will host STEMfest! from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 13. STEMfest! connects local businesses and industries to students who are the future of the companies and the community. More than 15 businesses, including Owens Corning, Boeing, The Energy Cooperative and Edward Jones, will conduct hands-on activities showing what they do, their impact on the community and future career opportunities for students. STEMfest! will also feature problem-solving challenge presentations given by teams of

middle, high and post-secondary students. Teams will present their findings to challenges posed by local industry professionals in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. After judging, teams will receive awards of participation and for top honors in various categories. For some students, STEMfest! participation will lead to internship opportunities with local businesses. Young children and families also will take part in mini challenges during the event. The museum’s second floor will be dedicated to challenging young learners with activities related to local business and industry. For more information, visit www.attheworks.org.

COTC news COTC names new dean The Central Ohio Technical College has announced that Mark A. Knutsen has been named the college’s dean of Health Sciences. COTC’s Health Sciences program comprises courses in nursing, diagnostic medical sonography, radiologic technology and surgical technology. Knutsen holds a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene education from Ohio State University, a Master of Science in health management and administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from the University of Sarasota and his Emergency Medical Technician certification from North Shore Com-

College has announced the launch of its Workforce Development and Innovation Center. The new college unit will offer businesses customized for-college-credit and not-for-collegecredit training and education. According to information from COTC, “All WDIC services are cost-effective and innovative solutions designed to answer specific business challenges, including entrepreneurial services.” Long-term plans include creating an executive council composed of local business and industry leaders to help the WDIC identify emerging global needs. For more information about COTC announces the new workforce center, visit workforce center www.cotc.edu or call (740) 364The Central Ohio Technical 9530.

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Merchants OK with change but not less parking By MICHAEL J. MAURER ThisWeek Community Newspapers Downtown business owners in general support the coming improvements to the intersection of state Route 37 and U.S. 62, but they have some concerns as well. Several of them told ThisWeek that they worry about losing business during the construction period, and they were nearly unanimous in protesting the loss of several parking spaces in an already crowded downtown parking area. “The turn lanes need to be widened and actual turn lanes put in, and they should definitely do that,” said Gary Brown, a barber who has been downtown for 43 years. “But they want to take away parking across the street for that whole area, and to me that’s not good because we don’t have enough parking as it is. “To take away five or six spaces — you can’t say you want to bring business to downtown and take away parking,” he said. “That’s not logical.” Jim and Cathy Wolgamot, owners of Main Street Café since 1999, said planned upgrades to Post Office Alley behind the downtown businesses probably won’t help their business because they cannot have a rear entrance. “I’m a little concerned about the loss of

parking,” Wolgamot said. “It’s been discussed a little bit (among business owners). I don’t think the traffic makes a lot of difference. Parking is the big issue. They talk about the alley, but that won’t help us because I can’t have a rear entrance through my kitchen. A lot of our customers are not spring chickens any more.” Cliff Shellenbarger, whose father opened Shellenbarger Oil at the corner of Main and Coshocton in 1952, said that the state of Ohio does not have a good outreach manner with property owners, but he supports the upgrades. “It’ll hurt us while they’re doing it, but in the long run it will help us,” Shellenbarger said. “Traffic will flow through a lot easier. “But I think the time they’re giving themselves, six to eight months, is ridiculous for a time limit. I’d like to see it done quicker. I’m not sure we’d survive the slow-down we’re going to have. I mentioned that to the state and their concern was, Who cares? With the economy the way it’s been I don’t know if we’ll survive that.” Phil Burgel, a member of the village’s planning and zoning commission and a downtown real estate agent at Key Properties, said he was looking forward to Post Office Alley being improved and utilities upgraded. “They’ve been patching (the roadway)

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only dinner is to raise funds for new bleachers, new grills and repairs to the shelter houses at Parker Park. The park board is working on plans to upgrade the entire park. Parker Park can be accessed off Main Street in downtown Alexandria.

Cream of the Crop 4-H Club, a newly formed club embracing a full range of projects, will meet at 3 p.m. on Sundays, Feb. 20 and March 20, at Highwater Church, 1213 Dutch Lane NW in Newark. Members of 4-H must be 8 Horseman’s Council years old and in third grade by Jan. 1. Cloverbuds are age 5 and slates Tack Auction in kindergarten by Jan. 1. The Licking County Chapter Advisers are Bethany Simon, Ohio Horseman’s Council’s an(740) 258-0260, and Rachel nual Tack Auction will be held Heimerl, (740) 645-0451. on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Teheran Grotto Hall, 124 Waterworks Road, Newark. Park board to host Doors open at 4 p.m. and the spaghetti dinner auction begins at 5 p.m. The Alexandria Park Board Home cooked food will be will host an all-you-can-eat available, and there will be a 50spaghetti dinner from noon to 5 50 raffle and a silent auction. p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at NorthMore information is available ridge Primary School. by calling Jim Corman at (740) Organizers say the donation- 763-4154 or (740) 973-7290.

Health Cancer fighter receives award The Licking County Board of Health recently awarded the 2010 Public Health Guardian Award to Kay Barton. Barton, a 16-year breast cancer survivor, for 10 years has organized annual breast cancer fundraising events at Moundbuilders Country Club. These events have raised near-

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ly $150,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Licking County Health Department’s Screening and Survivor Support (SASS) for Breast Cancer program. Barton and her husband live in Newark. They have five children and 10 grandchildren. For more information about the Public Health Guardian Award, visit www.lickingcohealth.org.

Event Steven Wright to play Midland Comedian Steven Wright will bring his dry, deadpan delivery to the Midland Theatre at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18. Opening for Wright is Columbus native Vince Morris. Tickets are $26.50, $32.50 and $39.50. Call (740) 345-5483, visit www.mid- Steven Wright landtheatre.org or stop by the box office at 36 N. Park Place, Newark.

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Newark girls set for run in tourney By KURTIS ADAMS ThisWeek Community Newspapers

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Nicole Raike of Licking Heights battles for the ball with Harvest Prep’s Erika Fort during a game earlier this season. Raike is one of two seniors on the Hornets, who play fourth-seeded Jonathan Alder in the first round of the Division II district tournament at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Dublin Scioto.

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Girls get familiar foe in tourney By KURTIS ADAMS

The Hornets started 1-7, but five of the setbacks were by seven or fewer points. Injuries have taken a toll since then, *Feb. 18 — At Harvest Prep in regular-seaand leading scorer Kyasia Duling (12.1 son finale points per game) recently missed three Of note: The Hornets were 12-5 overall and 9games. 2 in the MSL-Cardinal before Feb. 12. “That’s what we’ve been dealing with WRESTLING in the second half,” coach Alison Pence Feb. 5 — Posted 0-5 record at Hilliard Darby said. “We’ve had to change our rotaDuals, won by Jonathan Alder (5-0). The Hortion, change some positions. It’s been a nets lost to Darby (50-29), Hamilton Township (51-25), Reynoldsburg (51-24), Hilliard Bradley struggle.” (63-17) and the Pioneers (57-16). Jonathan Jonathan Alder also has been strugAlder defeated Bradley 40-35 in the final. gling of late. The Pioneers dropped a *Feb. 12 — Competed at MSL-Cardinal meet second consecutive game and slipped Feb. 19 — Division II sectional at home. The to 13-5 overall with a 52-47 setback 13-team field is highlighted by Canal Winchester, DeSales, Granville, Hamilton against Dublin Jerome on Feb. 7. They Township, Lakewood and Licking Valley, which defeated Licking Heights 66-30 in the won the MSL-Ohio title. The top four individDivision II tournament last season. uals in each weight class advance to the Offensively, Jonathan Alder is led district meet Feb. 25-26 at Columbus East. outside by Morgan Plummer and inside Licking Valley (246.5) won last year’s team championship as the Hornets (151.5) finished by Brittney Bakenhaster. They were avthird. eraging 11.4 and 10.6 points through *MSL-Cardinal contest 18 games, respectively. The Pioneers also were averaging 27 rebounds and of how fast time does go by,” Raike nearly 14 steals per game. said after the Hornets improved to 4They’ve played a challenging sched15 overall and 3-10 in the MSL-Car- ule as well. It featured multiple Dividinal. “It feels like our first game was See HORNETS, page A8 just yesterday.”

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Below are the recent results and coming schedThe Licking Heights High School ules for the Licking Heights boys basketball girls basketball team woke up just in and wrestling teams: time to post a 44-26 victory over visitBOYS BASKETBALL ing Millersport on Feb. 9. *Feb. 4 — Defeated Fisher Catholic 61-43. Keyed by Mady Mynatt’s two 3-pointDarius Strickland had 13 points and nine reers and another by Nicole Raike, the bounds. Tywaun Watkins added 11 points. Hornets pulled away by outscoring the Feb. 5 — Def. Worthington Christian 57-42. Deonte Holder scored 16 points. Lakers 19-4 in the fourth quarter. *Feb. 8 — Def. West Jefferson 70-63. RonThat ended a six-game losing streak nie Dawson had 17 points and Brionne Mitchell and gave Licking Heights something to added 13. build on entering the regular-season fi*Feb. 10 — Lost to Harvest Prep 56-55, endnale against Harvest Prep on Feb. 11. ing a 12-game winning streak. Holder scored 12 points and Strickland and Alex Murphy added The MSL-Cardinal Division-champion 11 apiece for the Hornets, who were outscored Warriors were 17-1 overall at the time 19-12 in the fourth quarter. The Warriors imand ranked first in the Division IV state proved to 11-0 in the MSL-Cardinal. poll. *Feb. 12 — Played Millersport The Hornets’ next game is a Division *Feb. 15 — Home vs. Liberty Union. The Hornets won the first-round game 65-38 on Jan. II first-round tournament matchup 15 as Strickland and Tyron Pack scored 11 against fourth-seeded Jonathan Alder points each. at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Dublin Scioto. Afterward, Raike contemplated what “It kind of hit us all of a sudden that we were going to lose a game we should- has become another difficult season, esn’t,” Raike, a senior guard, said of the pecially in the second half. The team’s victory over Millersport, which dropped only other senior is Alex Sandy. “Tonight I’m beginning to get a sense to 2-17. “It was an eye-opener.”

The Newark High School girls basketball team’s past, present and future can be seen on the floor at the same time. Seniors Chelsea Steen and Kacie Evans are the last remaining links to a more difficult time, for example. The Wildcats won only six games when they were freshmen in 2007-08. Reed Huffman, now a junior, joined the lineup as the starting point guard the following season as the team’s turnaround picked up steam. The Wildcats won once in the Division I tournament and followed that by defeating Westerville Central 4723 in another first-round game last season before exiting with a loss against Northland. Paige Cashin, a 6-foot freshman post player at the time, was the newcomer who made the biggest impact a year ago as Newark finished 9-13 overall. The emergence of freshman guard Maggie Mitchell this season has enabled the Wildcats to continue their steady growth. They were voted the eighth seed for the district tournament and will play Hilliard Darby in a first-round game at Westerville Central at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16. It’s their highest seed since they were fifth in 2001 and advanced to a district final. “It’s been really neat seeing how things came together for us the past couple of years,” Steen said after Newark beat Pickerington Central 44-38 on Feb. 8 to improve to 14-5 and 9-4 in the OCC-Ohio Division heading into the regular-season finale against Pickerington North on Feb. 12. “We’ve become one of the closest teams you’ll find anywhere.” The Wildcats went 5-1 in nonleague games, including last month’s 49-42 win over OCCCentral champion Upper Arlington. They also defeated Springfield Kenton Ridge, a state-ranked team at the time, 67-49 on Jan. 17 during the Classic in the Country tournament See NOTES, page A8

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Giffin leads young wrestlers into postseason By KURTIS ADAMS

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Bo Giffin will be the Watkins Memorial High School wrestling team’s voice of experience in the postseason. A fourth-year varsity starter with more than 100 career matches under his belt, he is the lone senior in the lineup and the only individual who previously competed in the Division I district meet. That makes his input all the more important now that the Warriors, who rely heavily on freshmen and sophomores, are preparing for the sectional at Marysville on Saturday, Feb. 19. “We have some strong classes coming up behind me; I’m real proud of those guys, and I’ll answer any questions they might have,” Giffin said after pinning New Albany’s Jack Powers at 160 pounds during an OCC-Capital Division dual on Feb. 9 to push his season record to 31-8. “I’m there for them, definitely. Wrestling’s been my life.” The 13-team sectional is highlighted by Mount Vernon, which won the outright OCC-Capital title, and OCC-Central champion Hilliard Davidson, which is ranked 10th in the state poll led by Lakewood St. Edward. Hilliard Darby and Delaware also are in the field. The top four individuals in each weight class advance to the district meet Feb.

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Watkins Memorial senior Bo Giffin is the only member of the Warriors who has competed in the Division I district meet. The Warriors compete in a sectional on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Marysville.

25-26 at Darby. The Warriors totaled 81 points to finish eighth at last year’s home sectional behind champion Marysville (239) as three individuals advanced to district. That group included eventual state-placers Andrew Boehm and Jay Kunzi, both of whom graduated. Coach Eddie Jayne isn’t worried that the team’s routine will be disrupted now that

the Warriors are traveling for the sectional for the first time in several years. “At least we don’t have to spend the night before setting up,” he said with a laugh. Giffin reached the championship semifinals at last year’s sectional and won three matches overall before placing fourth at 152 to earn a district berth. “He’s the only district quali-

fier we have. He’s the only senior, too, so I’m sure he’s feeling a sense of urgency,” Jayne said. “You know what you’re going to get with Bo every match. He’s just real consistent. He doesn’t get any cheap wins. He earns every one of them.” Giffin and sophomore Noah Holter (125) both took second place at the Watkins Memorial Invitational on Feb. 5. Joey

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Watkins Memorial boys basketball, girls basketball, swimming and wrestling teams: BOYS BASKETBALL *Feb. 4 — Lost to Olentangy Orange 87-42. Thomas Osickey scored 10 points. *Feb. 8 — Lost to Mount Vernon 7945. Zac May scored a season-high 10 points while Taylor Fuss and Hunter Holton matched their season highs with seven points each. *Feb. 11 — Played Franklin Heights Feb. 15 — Home vs. St. Charles *Feb. 18 — At Hilliard Bradley. The Warriors, who will be playing their regular-season finale, lost the first-round game 93-46 on Jan. 14 as Kevin Crawford scored 20 points. Of note: The Warriors were 1-16 overall and 0-12 in the OCC-Capital before Feb. 11. GIRLS BASKETBALL *Feb. 4 — Lost to Olentangy Orange 61-25. Randi Casto scored eight points to lead the Warriors. The Pioneers have since clinched the OCCCapital title. *Feb. 8 — Defeated Mount Vernon 48-42. Melinda Nickel had 14 points and Logan Visnick added 12 for the Warriors, who posted their second victory in three games and fourth since Jan. 7. They avenged a 48-45 overtime loss on Jan. 3. *Feb. 11 — Played Franklin Heights in regular-season finale Of note: The Warriors were 4-15 overall and 2-11 in the OCC-Capital be-

fore Feb. 11. They will play Grove City or ninth-seeded Upper Arlington, the OCC-Central champion, in second round of Division I district tournament, 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at Hamilton Township. They played neither team during the regular season. SWIMMING Feb. 12 — Competed at Division I sectional meet at Thomas Worthington. The top two finishers in each event advanced to district. Twenty-six at-large bids in each event also were available based on times from the two area sectionals, including Upper Arlington, and sectionals in the East and Southeast districts. Those qualifiers will be announced Sunday, Feb. 13. Feb. 19 — District meet at Ohio State WRESTLING Feb. 5 — Finished seventh (124) at 10-team Watkins Memorial Invitational, won by Steubenville (289.5). Joey Cameron (152) was the Warriors’ only champion while Noah Holter (125) and Bo Giffin (160) both placed second. *Feb. 9 — Lost to New Albany 4627. Holter, Cameron, Giffin and Mike Starner (171) had pins to lead the Warriors. Dylan Scott (103) won by decision. *Feb. 10 — Lost to Olentangy Orange 52-28 in final regular-season event Feb. 19 — Division I sectional at Marysville Of note: The Warriors finished 3-4 in the OCC-Capital. *OCC-Capital contest

Cameron, a junior, won the only That was Cameron’s fourth title for the host Warriors when championship this season, and he he defeated Central Crossing’s See WARRIORS, page A8 Gage Hysell 6-4 in the final.


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HORNETS Continued from page A7 sion I teams, including secondseeded Northland. “The thing we’ve got to do is play hard all four quarters,” Raike said. “We haven’t really been creating our own momentum; we’ve been waiting for it to come to us.” •Wrestling coach Bo Ramsey said junior Kevin Yeager has considered dropping from 171 to 160 pounds for the Division II postseason. Yeager, who was a district qualifier a year ago, was 23-5 competing mostly at 171 entering the MSL-Cardinal meet on Feb. 12. He won a title at that weight at the Robin Drumm Classic on Jan. 22 at Heath and also placed second at the Licking Heights Invitational on Jan.

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At a glance Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Licking Heights girls basketball team: *Feb. 5 — Lost to Liberty Union 6238. Chelsea Dunkle scored 15 points. Feb. 7 — Lost to Licking Valley 5730. Dunkle and Kyasia Duling scored eight points each for the Hornets, who committed 27 turnovers. Duling, who had missed the previous three games with an injury, also had seven rebounds. *Feb. 9 — Def. Millersport 44-26. Mady Mynatt had a season-high 12 points to lead the Hornets, who outscored the Lakers 19-4 in the fourth

quarter to end a six-game losing streak. *Feb. 11 — Played Harvest Prep in regular-season finale Feb. 15 — Jonathan Alder in first round of Division II district tournament, 6 p.m. at Dublin Scioto. Winner will play Centennial in second round, 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Scioto. Jonathan Alder is seeded fourth. The Hornets and Pioneers did not play during the regular season. Of note: The Hornets were 4-15 overall and 3-10 in the MSL-Cardinal before Feb. 11. *MSL-Cardinal contest

14-15. Earlier in the season, he had two pins to advance to the championship quarterfinals at 171 at the Medina Invitational Tournament. Postseason rosters are to be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 17. “There are four returning state qualifiers in our district at

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Top performances BOYS Delaware’s Matt Bingaya finished with 32 points and 14 rebounds as the Pacers edged Big Walnut 61-60 on Feb. 4 in a matchup of county rivals.

171,” Ramsey said of the expected field of contenders, including Lakewood state-placer Delane King, for the district meet on Feb. 25-26 at Columbus East. “So there’s a chance Kevin might go 160.” kadams@thisweeknews.com www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

— Olentangy senior Adaora Anunike, a two-time state qualifier in the shot put who now embraces her height. On Feb. 3, she signed with Miami University in track and field.

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The Dublin Jerome hockey team has won the Blue Jackets Cup four of the past five years and won its first Capital Hockey Conference regularseason title this season.

NOTES at Berlin Hiland. In their next outing, they avenged a firstround league loss by beating Gahanna 51-45. They also lost to OCC-Ohio champion Reynoldsburg, the district’s top-seeded team, 32-30 on a last-second shot on Jan. 25. The Raiders are ranked fifth in the state poll led by Canton McKinley, and the Lions are the district’s seventhseeded team. “We’ve developed to the point that basketball’s fun for the girls again,” coach J.R. Shumate said. “One of the nice things about coaching in Newark is that we have three middle schools. When they get here, we’ve got 15 girls who were starters instead of maybe five like some have. That’s really helped speed up the process.” Darby is the 37th seed in a 42-team field, and the winner advances to meet 16th-seeded Thomas Worthington in a second-round game at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at Olentangy. Given that, the Wildcats are among three Licking County teams that appear positioned well enough to make a run to a district semifinal. Newark Catholic opens the Division III tournament by playing eighth-seeded Columbus Academy at Dublin Scioto at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, and it swept the Vikings during the regular season. The opposite side of the bracket features Heath and top-seeded Africentric, who would meet in the second round if the seeding holds.

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also pinned New Albany’s O.B. Oppong to push his season record to 31-2. Needless to say, Cameron’s been a tough act to follow in the lineup. “I love it, though. He pushes me to get better,” Giffin said. “Our practices are really helping.” Giffin missed his sophomore season after injuring a knee in football. He stayed with the team by helping to videotape matches and returned to post a 28-15 record last year. Giffin’s bid to advance to the state meet is bolstered by a large support group. His mother scouts opponents for him online, and both his father and an uncle are former wrestlers at Watkins Memorial. His grandparents, includ- kadams@thisweeknews.com ing former Licking Heights football coach Bill www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

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GIRLS Symone Denham scored 28 points to lead Northland past Brookhaven 67-48 on Feb. 4. The win gave the Vikings the City-League North Division title.

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Giffin, attend most events. He has a younger brother coming up in the youth program and a sister who is a statistician. “My whole family’s involved,” he said. “I wasn’t kidding when I said wrestling’s my life.” •MOVING ON — Several senior athletes, including five football players, made their college choices known last week. Devonte Marable and Lance Langel will play at Walsh University in North Canton and West Virginia Tech, respectively. Tyler Cruikshank, Levi Krempel and Bryce Phillips will play at Notre Dame College in South Euclid. Austin Dent will play men’s soccer at Ohio Dominican.

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In Division II, ninth-seeded Granville will play Mifflin for the fourth consecutive postseason when they meet at Scioto at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15. The Blue Aces won last year’s firstround game 49-33 to avenge their two previous setbacks. The winner advances to play 12thseeded Columbus East. Newark, meanwhile, will continue to lean heavily on Cashin, Mitchell and the other underclassmen. Cashin was averaging 11.9 points and 8.1 rebounds entering the game with Central, during which she fouled out with nearly two minutes remaining. Mitchell was averaging 12.1 points and ranked third in the district in 3-point accuracy at 49.4 percent (38 of 77). Kayla Bear, a junior, also was among the leaders at 38.7 percent (24 of 67) while averaging 11.8 points. Huffman, whose 15 points helped key the win over Central, was averaging 8.1 points and 4.5 assists. “We’ve definitely jelled,” said Steen, who was averaging 4.4 assists. “The tournament’s a different season, but we’ve got a lot of talent and the right mindset.” •BOWLING — The Newark girls and Granville boys teams will compete in the sectional tournaments at Eastland Lanes in Columbus on Friday, Feb. 18. The Newark boys team will compete at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. The other sectional site is Tiki Lanes in Lancaster. Six boys and girls teams from each sectional and the six high-

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