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Pataskala to extend 25-mph speed limit By MICHAEL J. MAURER ThisWeek Community Newspapers

The Pataskala administration has decided to expand the downtown speed limit of 25 mph for the entire section of Main Street and state Route 310, from Broad Street on the north to Mill Street on the south. City administrator Tim Boland said the current 25-mph zone is limited to about a four-block area, from Front Street to Atkinson Street.

“This would be a reduction in the speed limit from Broad to Mill streets to 25 mph,” Boland said. “This would enlarge the area (for the lower speed limit). Signs will go up March 1, and we’ll have a 30-day time period for residents to get comfortable with the speed limit, but then it will be effective.” Boland said lower speed limits were consistent with other cities. “I don’t think (Pataskala’s has been) inconsistent with what I’ve seen with downtowns and areas like that. I wholeheartedly

support it,” Boland said. Mayor Steve Butcher said the move had been under study for months, following discussions with the police department about downtown crosswalks. “It came out of a conversation with the police department when we were looking at the crosswalk issues,” Butcher said. “The engineering report has been going on for seven or eight months. It’s not a last-week kind of

This would be a reduction in the speed limit from Broad to Mill streets to 25 mph. This would enlarge the area (for the lower speed limit). Signs will go up March 1, and we’ll have a 30-day time period for residents to get comfortable with the speed limit …

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Energy GOOD TO THE LAST POP gold rush hits property owners

Development officials challenge prevailing-wage requirements

Oil company contracts tricky, expert says

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By MICHAEL J. MAURER Local county and municipal economic development officials are arguing that confusion over state prevailing-wage laws are driving away economic development. Licking County economic development manager Rob Klinger said two companies have turned down “Rapid Outreach Grants” from Ohio, although both companies still plan to expand in the area. “We ran into a bit of a jam, with two companies, both declined the grants, because of prevailing wage,” Klinger said. “It would cost them more in their project than the grant was worth. One company was already here and was going to expand here or look at going to West Virginia. Another company declined it because it increased the project cost. They’ve got to look at the bottom line to decide if it’s worth it. It becomes financially not feasible because they lose money.” Ohio’s prevailing-wage law, according to the state’s Department of Commerce, requires public

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Higher energy prices means energy companies are once again interested in Ohio lands for gas exploration, and the resultant rush to wrap up contracts with landowners risks leaving some landowners holding an empty bag. About 100 people attended a presentation Feb. 24 at the Ohio State University Newark campus regarding traditional oil and gas contracts and how current contracts have changed, potentially shortchanging landowners. Howard J. Siegrist, Licking County agricultural extension coordinator, said the state of Pennsylvania has seen a boom during the past three years in oil companies developing Marcellus shale and Utica shale in the Allegheny-range area, extending all the way into central Ohio. Siegrist said it is unfortunate that most landowners simply don’t have the expertise to negotiate complicated leases and tax implications. “This whole process some of you are going through right now is not in the next six weeks or two months,” Siegrist said. “You might be fact-finding for several months.” Dick Emens, an energy attorney, said more than 1000 wells have been drilled in Pennsylvania during the current boom and another 500 in West Virginia. Ohio has fewer than 50 wells, but the number is growing. New York state, in contrast, has a much larger amount of Marcellus shale but has no wells because the state’s EPA is not al-

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Council OKs raingarden study at Foundation Park By MICHAEL J. MAURER ThisWeek Community Newspapers

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Licking Height High School boys basketball team fan Sophie Vaughn, 3, digs for the last bit of popcorn during halftime of the first-round sectional game against Granville at Lakewood High School on Feb. 23. Granville won 65-57. See Sports, page B1.

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Pataskala City Council on Feb. 22 approved a preliminary agreement with the Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District to construct a rain garden in Foundation Park. The intent is to capture rooftop runoff from one of the shelter houses. Planning and zoning director Dianne Harris said the city’s wastewater treatment permit requires various community-outreach efforts, and stormwater regulations require that runoff be detained for 48 hours, to reduce peak flow into creeks and to recharge groundwater. The soil-water district would design the project, Harris said. “It would allow them to plan, design and conSee COUNCIL OKS, page A4

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Development officials challenge prevailing-wage requirements Continued from page A1 authorities “to pay the workers on most of their construction projects the local ‘prevailing wage.’As long as the cost of the public authority’s project exceeds a threshold amount (adjusted the first of January in every even-numbered year), and the type of project is not specifically exempted by law, the prevailing wage requirement is triggered. The amount is currently $73,891 for construction projects and $22,166 for reconstruction, enlargement, alteration, repair, remodeling, renovation or painting projects.� The problem becomes acute when other states offer equivalent grants without imposing prevailing-wage conditions, Klinger said. Prevailing wage is usually tied to union-contract wage rates. The Ohio Division of Industrial Compliance and

Labor states that prevailing wage includes the hourly rate of pay, the pension contribution made by the employer and the benefits cost paid by the employer. Licking County has more than two dozen prevailing-wage categories associated with specific union contracts. One bricklayer contract, for example, provides a base wage of $25 per hour and $35 per hour in total compensation with all benefits. Actual prevailing-wage rates for any individual project are determined by the Department of Industrial Compliance and Labor. Chris Strayer, vice president of the Ohio Economic Development Association, said his organization has requested that Gov. John Kasich’s administration issue an executive order that would not change existing law but would confirm that a previous administration order

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is no longer effective. “We’re asking for an executive order from the governor’s office that states what the rules are pertaining to prevailing wage,� Strayer said. “We’re not asking for anything to change. We’re just asking for it to be recognized that this is the way the rules are going to be applied. It’s more or less a PR statement that we can take out to site selectors and say this is the way it’s going to be while Gov. Kasich is in office.� Before Gov. Ted Strickland took office, prevailing-wage rules would apply to a roadway project in an industrial park if the roadway were funded with state money, Strayer said, but not to every project in the park. Gov. Strickland changed that. “A few years ago under Gov. Strickland, they reread the rules regarding how prevailing wage was applied to projects,� Strayer said. “Before then, if you had

The Licking County chapter of People First will host a Spring Fling dance and fundraiser from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8, at the Eleanor S. Weiant Center, 116 N. 22nd St., Newark. Tickets are $5 per person in advance or $7 at the door. Music will be provided by the local band, Black Horse. A raffle, a silent auction, a photo booth and refreshments are planned. All proceeds will benefit People First, a self-advocacy organization sponsored by the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities. People First members are seeking donations from the community to help make this event successful. To sponsor the dance or to make door prize donations, call Diana Shannon. Food items such as hot dogs, buns, drinks, snacks and paper products also are sought. For tickets, to arrange for transportation or to donate, call (740) 349-1420. Tickets also may be purchased from any People First member.

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what the prevailing-wage rules are.� Strayer said it is difficult to quantify lost business because no one knows how many times the state simply was not included as an option for a new site. “The state of Ohio has lost a lot of projects because of this confusion,� Strayer said. “We can’t really quantify it because what happened with a lot of national site selectors, when the reinterpretation of the rule came out, they just crossed Ohio off their list. There were a lot of projects we were never even considered for because no one wanted to pay the prevailing wage on their private project. You can’t quantify how many millions of dollars were lost by the state for that, but now we are trying to repair our image with national site selectors and get back to attracting new jobs.�

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an industrial park and you got state funds for a roadway, prevailing wage was used only for the construction of the roadway. The rereading of the rules by Gov. Strickland was that, if you received public funds for the roadway, then every single project, every private development in that industrial park also had to be built with prevailing wage.� The Ohio Supreme Court eventually reversed Strickland’s executive order, Strayer said, but national site selectors often are not aware of the reversal. “There was a lot of turmoil about that — a lot of confusion,� Strayer said. “The state Supreme Court had reversed that, but the problem is, there are a lot of national site selectors and corporate real estate people out there who do not know that this has been reversed. They’re still confused by what the reading of the rules is. We’ve asked that Gov. Kasich make an executive statement to give clarity to

lowing wells until it completes an environmental study. Emens cited many examples of energy companies taking advantage of landowner inexperience by including contract clauses that are difficult for most people to understand. “Please don’t sign an oil and gas lease without understanding every word in it,� Emens said. “So many call up and say, ‘I signed this lease; what can I do to get out of it?’ It’s really sad.� Prices range a great deal, Emens said, adding that he has seen one landowner be paid $100 an acre while one neighbor receives $300 and another receives $1,500 for comparable land. Some leases insert complicated clauses in them about gas storage and about deep wasteinjection wells, which are entirely different

from gas-production wells, Emens said, and should have entirely separate contracts. “Those are very valuable wells,� Emens said. “People pay to get rid of wastewater. Some of these leases just have a little clause that says lessee has the right to drill injection or disposal wells. They might pay you a dollar an acre or $1,000 a year, but you should get a lot more than that for an injection well on your property.� Another clause Emens has seen states that no “implied covenants� are in the contract. The problem with this, he said, is that landowners do not know what implied covenants are, and the covenants have been developed by courts exactly because oil companies take advantage of landowner ignorance. Examples are a duty to develop and produce, which is the only way landowners get paid a fair return for the lease, Emens said. Other provisions would allow energy com-

panies to use the water resources on the land, but this could be dangerous because many drilling technologies use large amounts of water that could affect the landowners’ use of the land, too, he said. Landowners also are at risk of being misled into believing they are signing a lease for only five years, but that various clauses having to do with mineral rights, easements, gas storage and discretion of the oil company to extend the lease if its own opinion is that the land could someday produce gas could all result in the landowner being tied up for years, perhaps forever, with no revenue coming in, he said. Emens said the main thing was to be informed and to keep a copy of the lease. “I can’t tell you how many landowners don’t have a copy of their lease,� Emens said. “The first thing we tell them is, they have to go to the courthouse and get a copy of the lease.�

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tually profit from it, and both month they can have a person the 1980s. “We need the Persian Gulf, the market to the American Le- time-consuming.” Iraq and Afghanistan,” Cromwell gion,” Kramer said. “When I saw The market will continue to said. “I’m a member of the Vietthe list of things they did, it was be sponsored by Downtown nam Veterans of American in like, hmmm.” Johnstown, as it has for the two Newark, and I’m the average age The Legion sponsors several years it has been in existence, there because it’s Vietnam. But activities in Johnstown, includ- but operated by the Legion. in the VFW in Newark I’m ing Fourth of July, Boys State, Commander Bruce Tolle and young, and in the Legion I’m Safety Village, projects at the Legion member Gordon Crom- certainly young. We need new schools, baseball teams and more well said they hope operating blood.” than 40 other projects and ac- the market will raise the Legion’s Cromwell said volunteering tivities over the course of a year. profile in the community and in the Legion is something that Kramer said the main re- help recruit new members. serves both the veterans and the sponsibility is simply to be pres“A lot of our guys are World community. ent to answer any questions and War II vets, and Korean guys “You don’t feel the need or make sure vendors are organ- who are getting up there,” Tolle urge to serve in something like ized. said. “They used to march from this until you are older,” Crom“It’s not that hard to run,” downtown to the cemetery and well said. “You especially see Kramer said. “You just have to not many of those guys can do that when you see these kids have someone available. You that anymore.” coming back from war. They have to have someone there at Cromwell said the Legion need support, even though they the beginning of the market. would like to recruit members may not know it.” In other Downtown Johnstown They’ve got a lot of guys (in the from the generation of soldiers Legion), so one or two times a who have served in wars since business, a second community

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After two years of managing Johnstown’s Farmers Market, Pat Kramer has found someone to take the reins at the weekly market this summer. Kramer recently opened a business — Gifts by Us, featuring local artists and craftsmen — and said she no longer has time to run the market as well. “I had to give it up,” Kramer said. “My shop is open the same hours as the market.” When Kramer began to think about who might do a good job running the market, she thought about who benefited from the market and who would have the resources to manage it. The answer became obvious. “I tried to think of someone who had the time that would ac-

Council OKs rain- Downtown Pataskala speed limit dropping garden study at down to 25 mph Foundation Park Continued from page A1

Continued from page A1 struct a demonstration rain garden,” she said. “They’ve identified Foundation Park as the ideal location to do this. The rain garden will be fed by the roof drainage from the roof of one of the shelter houses.” Council member Dan Hayes asked if retained water would be a source of such pests as mosquitoes. Harris said the EPA did not include that as a reason to not use rain gardens as best practices. She said many small projects such as garage construction have small detention basins to capture rain runoff. “Rain gardens are a best-management practice identified by EPA to help reduce stormwater runoff and reduce pollution in our streams,” Harris said. The garden would be used as an education focal point to show the public how storm water affects the ecosystem. “This accomplishes a couple of things for (EPA and the soilwater district), in terms of their mission, but it also helps the city accomplish some of the requirements we have to meet in satisfying our NPDES (national pollutant-discharge elimination system) permit,” Harris said. “We would organize an educational seminar and demonstration that day (of planting) so people could watch them do the planting and hear about why you do it. Then maybe we can have a gardening group step up and do the long-term care.” Harris said the garden would be planted with native Ohio plants that thrive in dry and wet environments. “A rain garden is basically a bowl, a detention basin, rather than a mound that you would see in a flower garden,” Harris said. “Except for that, it is basically a flower garden.” The purpose of the gardens is to reduce flooding and peak flow and to capture pollutants associated with buildings and roadways. “The intent is to capture the first flush of rainfall and hold it long enough for the pollutants and the sediments to settle out in location and then slowly disburse the water back into groundwater,” Harris said. “That is more desirable than what is done currently, which is shoot it into a pipe and then a bigger pipe and then a bigger pipe before it is discharged into the creek, which creates a large volume of water that can create erosion and flooding downstream.” In other business, council approved a motion to allow Civil War re-enactors to conduct an overnight encampment on Memorial Day at the municipal park or Veterans Memorial, including an honor guard and 21-gun salute.

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SASS for Breast Cancer, a Horizon of Hope program, will host its annual lunch at noon on Thursday, March 10 at the Granville Inn. “Spring into Pink” will celebrate local cancer survivors, their supporters and everyone who works to prevent and educate others about the disease. The featured speaker will be Tami Longaberger, chief executive officer and chairman of The Longaberger Company. Tickets to the lunch are $10 for cancer survivors and $20 for supporters. All proceeds benefit local breast cancer education and prevention efforts. To register and purchase tickets, contact SASS for Breast Cancer at (740) 349-6497 or msutliff@lickingcohealth.org. Horizon of Hope is a fundraising and educational campaign to support breast cancer initiatives of the American Cancer Society. Founded in 1995, the program is supported by Longaberger Home Consultants, employees and customers, who have raised more than $14-million for research and education. Spring into Pink sponsors include Licking Memorial Health Systems, Public Health Partnership Inc. and Susan G. Komen for the Cure — Columbus affiliate.

Central Ohio Technical College will hold a human services career information session from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 at COTC’s Pataskala campus. The event is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about COTC’s two-year program to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.). The Pataskala campus is at 8660 E. Broad St., Reynoldsburg. For more information or to register, call (740) 366-9222.

Relay kickoff set for March 20 The Pataskala Relay For Life will host its 2011 Kick-Off and Cake Auction from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, at Watkins Middle School. The auction will be held at 3 p.m. Community members are invited to bid on and buy cakes baked and donated by volunteers and local businesses. Anyone interested in forming a team, joining an existing team or learning more about American Cancer Society services is encouraged to attend the event. The theme of the 2011 relay is “Celebrate more birthdays.” The relay’s fundraising goal for 2011 is $40,000. The Relay For Life will be on July 15 and 16. For information, call (614) 571-1591 or visit www. relayforlife.org/pataskala.

thing. It’s a fairly long process.” Butcher said having consistent speed limits over the roadway would be an improvement over the current speed zones. “From a police-enforcement point of view, there has always been an issue of what speed zone you are in when you are attempting to enforce,” Butcher said. “Generally, we have said they have to be clearly outside the boundary or way over the speed limit before we enforced it. This gives the department the ability to do enforcement in the most critical area around the railroad tracks and south of the tracks.” Butcher said the change was not a matter of city revenue, noting there is little ticket enforcement in the area currently and that the city has used warning programs in the past, rather than tickets. “We gave out a sizeable number of warnings, I’m not sure,

maybe 80, but those were all warnings, not something that generated any revenue,” he said. “We’re not really doing much enforcement down there. It’s difficult to do because of the variation in the speed zones.” Butcher said Main Street is difficult to cross because the road is busy. “The downtown business district is home to residences, businesses, churches and schools, and we continually hear complaints that people cannot safely cross the street,” he said. “Starting this summer, we will be spending a quarter of a million dollars under a Safe Routes to Schools grant, and the speeds just did not match up with the idea of providing crosswalks and safe routes to schools.” A bike path also will be installed south of Mill Street. To date in 2011, three speeding tickets have been issued on all of state Route 310, including the portion north of Broad Street, outside the historic village area.

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Billing and couping: a consumer’s story Surprise! I got a bill in the mail a few days ago. I don’t get many bills — at least not in my name — because I almost never charge things, so it was, in fact, a surprise, though I’ve had better. I suppose I’d be accustomed to bills if my husband and I had the arrangement that I’ve gathered most people have. In most marriages, if a random, informal, entirely anecdotal survey can be introduced as evidence, the woman pays the bills and buys the groceries while the man pays for his haircuts and the children’s college educations. Our arrangement is different. Too long ago for me to recall the “why” of it, my husband started paying the bills while I paid for groceries, the children’s clothes — when our daughters still were children — school workbooks, field trip fees, yearbook checks and so on — when our daughters still were public school students — and other minor expenses such as book bags, haircuts, clothing, shoes and college application fees. I also wrote most of the notes that went to school with our daughters over the years, the notes that explained illnesses, dentist appointments, a daughter’s failure to leave spaces between words when writing the week’s spelling list (an offense that merited a day’s detention), both daughters’tardiness (we were shoveling out the driveway), a daughter’s inadvertent use of a chair’s rungs as a footrest (another detention) and so on. Of course, notes to school have nothing to do with division of a family’s financial responsibilities. They do, however, explain why I always felt vaguely guilty when walking the halls of learning, while my husband visited school with cheerful insouciance. But to return to the topic of bills. I rarely receive them, as I say, and the sight of my name peering from a windowed envelope surprised me. I wondered, at first, if I’d bought something in my sleep. Or while online, which sometimes amounts to almost the same thing. I never charge things, although I do have several stores’ charge cards, because … well, you know

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Coming up To add, remove or update a Call Chris Cleary at (614) 571listing, e-mail editorial@this- 1591 or visit relayforlife.org/ weeknews.com. Pataskala.

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Crosby/Nash coming to Midland David Crosby and Graham Nash will perform April 2 at the Midland Theatre in Newark. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show are on sale now for $75, $65, $55 and $45. The duo will mix acoustic and plugged-in performances. Crosby and Nash also are launching their own label, Blue Castle Records, with the digital and vinyl editions of the live album “Another Stoney Evening.” The set was recorded 40 years ago, in 1971, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. For more information about Crosby and Nash, visit www.crosbynash.com. To purchase tickets, call (740) 345-5483, visit www.midlandtheatre.org or stop by the box office at 36 N. Park Place.

Keith Grimwood, bass, and Ezra Idlet, guitar, constitute the duo Trout Fishing in America.

‘Trout Fishing’ to play at Midland The duo Trout Fishing in America will perform at the Midland Theatre in Newark at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. Keith Grimwood, bass, and Ezra Idlet, guitar, who make up Trout Fishing in America, have been a duo for three decades. Their music, a blend of folk, pop and country, has been nominated for a Grammy Award four times. Tickets are $7.50, $10, $12.50, $15 and $20. Call (740) 3455483, visit www.midlandtheatre.org or stop by the box office at 36 N. Park Place.

Event Pataskala plans Civil War commemoration programs Pataskala mayor Steve Butcher has announced that Civil War re-enactors will hold Memorial Day services with the West Licking Ministerial Association, the Boy Scouts and the city at the Pataskala cemetery. The service will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, May 30. After the program, the re-enactors will march to Main Street Veterans Memorial for a 10 a.m. program. Following that service,

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a reception will be held at the Mead Needham Museum, where military memorabilia will be displayed. Memorial bricks are still available for sponsorship at the Veterans Memorial. A 6inch by 8-inch brick with an engraved name is $75 if purchased by a veteran. A family will pay $100; a business will pay $250. Forms are available at the Pataskala Chamber of Commerce office, at the Veterans Memorial or online at www.pataskalachamber.com. Brick sales will help to maintain and improve the Veterans Memorial site.

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Event to focus on Palestinian plight Isis Nusair, an assistant professor of women’s studies at Denison University, will read from her book, “Displaced at Home: Ethnicity and Gender among Palestinians in Israel,” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 in room 201, Knapp Hall, 300 Ridge Road. The program is free and open to the public. For additional information, call (740) 587-6297 or visit www.denison.edu.

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Breastfeeding Basics Class, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in the First Floor Conference Rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St. A certified lactation consultant will be available to answer questions. Cost is $20. To register, call (740) 348-4346. Friends and Family Infant and Child CPR, 7-8 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the First Floor Conference Rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St. Class focuses on basic life support and treatment for children who are choking. $5 per person. To register, call (740) 348-4346. Childbirth Education Class, 6-9 p.m. Mondays, March 7 and 14, in the First Floor Conference Rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St. A childbirth educator will teach the class. Expectant mothers should bring a support partner, two pillows and a blanket. Cost is $55 per couple. To register, call (740) 348-4346. Sibling Preparation Class, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at in the First Floor Conference Rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St. Children ages 3-6 will learn to be big brothers or big sisters. The cost is $10 per family. To register, call (740) 348-4346.

All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner, 5-7:15 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the Newark Maennerchor, 195 W. Orchard St. Dinner includes spaghetti, garlic bread, tossed salad, iced tea and coffee. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger. Call (740) 323-1163. Pizza Fundraiser, sponsored by the Pataskala Elementary PTO, March 1-14. Students are selling pizza kits from Little Caesars containing all ingredients to bake a pizza at home. Contact a student or call Jillian Paden at (614) 214-9337. Information Session, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the John Gilbert Reese Center at Central Ohio Technical College, 1209 University Drive. Free and open to anyone interested in learning more about COTC’s two-year early childhood development program. To register, call (740) 366-9222. Dazzling Desserts Fundraiser, 6 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Longaberger Golf Club, 1 Long Drive, Nashport, to benefit area Girl Scouts. The evening will include desserts created by local chefs, dinner, live entertainment and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $35. Call (740) 454-8563 or (800) 292-6759. Relay for Life Kickoff and Cake Auction, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at Watkins Middle School, 8808 Watkins Road S.W. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Potential participants and/or supporters of Relay for Life are welcome.

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College notes • Hope College freshman Travis Rooke of Alexandria this year took part in the Pull, a tugof-war that has been a Hope College tradition since 1898. He pulled for the Class of 2014 team. Rooke, the son of Bruce and Julia Rooke, is a graduate of Columbus Academy.

• Iowa State University recently conducted fall commencement ceremonies. Included among the graduates was Daniel Cook of Newark, who is studying civil, construction and environmental engineering. • Jeffrey Willis of Summit Station earned a grade-point aver-

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age of at least 3.5 and was named to Gannon University’s fall semester dean’s list. • Furman University has released the names of students who earned a grade-point average of 3.4 and were named to the fall semester dean’s list. Included on the list is Anne Kalinoski of Granville.

Coming up Continued from page A5 Moundbuilders Toastmasters Club, 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month in room 71 of Hopewell Hall at the OSU Newark Campus. Call (740) 361-8727 or visit the Web site at www.lectern.us. Land of Legend Woodcarvers Club, 5 p.m. workshop, 7 p.m. meeting the first Tuesday of each month at the First Baptist Church of Newark, 1000 Granville Road. Call Harry Limings at (740) 967-0660 for additional information. Bryn Du Governance Commission, 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Bryn Du Mansion property. Meetings are open to the public. Call 587-0707.

Support groups Families Anonymous, 7:30 p.m. Fridays at

Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1137 Sharon Valley Road, Newark. A support group for families of those suffering from addiction. Call 5874510. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group, sponsored by Licking Memorial Hospital and Hospice of Central Ohio, 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Road. Call (740) 344-0311. Schizophrenia Support Group, sponsored by Mental Health America of Licking County, noon-1 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 65 Messimer Drive, Newark. Survivors After Suicide, sponsored by Mental Health America, 7-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month in the MHA offices, 65 Messimer Drive. Carrie Laughlin is the group facilitator. Call (740) 522-1341 or e-mail suicideprevention@mhalc.org.

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Reichert chooses Ohio over Louisville By KURTIS ADAMS ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Watkins Memorial High School’s Morgan Reichert thought she had the next four years of her life mapped out. The senior was prepared to accept a scholarship offer from the University of Louisville. Then she received a call from Ohio University freshman cross country runner Emily Pifer, a Canal Winchester product. The rest, as they say, is history. Reichert changed her mind and instead was set to sign a letter of intent Feb. 25 to run cross country and track for the Bobcats. “It was kind of a last-minute decision, really. I was all ready to commit,” Reichert said. “Louisville was my first option, but one of the girls from the OU team got my number and called. “I remember going to a cross country camp with her when I was a seventh-grader. I saw her at a few meets after that, of course, and we kind of stayed in touch. After we talked, I just decided I wanted to go to a school a

little closer to home.” Reichert, who also considered Miami University and Bowling Green, wasn’t really on the radar of most Division I college recruiters until her senior season in cross country began to unfold. She kept making strides and eventually capped her career by finishing 30th at the Division I state meet in November. She set a girls school record in the process by clocking 18 minutes, 51 seconds. Reichert finished fifth among central Ohioans, a group led by Hilliard Davidson’s Jessica Hoover (18:07.6, fifth overall). “I had been contacting schools, but I wasn’t hearing anything back,” Reichert said. “It just all seemed to come together for me as the season went along.” After taking only about 10 days off following the state meet, Reichert began training for the indoor track season. She set her personal-best in the 3,200 meters (11:41) while running second behind Hoover (11:31) at the district 3 meet last spring to qualify for regional, and Reichert already has turned

an 11:49 indoors this winter. She helped the 3,200-relay advance to state last spring when it placed third (9:25.47) at regional. “I really liked the OU coach (Clay Calkins). He’s their head coach in cross country and coaches the distance runners in track,” she said. “I had a great visit when I went down there, and they offered the most (scholarship) money. That was a big part of it. I could even end up getting a full ride if I can run a sub-10:40 this spring (in the 3,200). “Our school record is 10:50, and I’d really like to break that. It’s held by the same girl (2004 graduate and Coastal Carolina recruit Aubrey Bergquist) whose record I broke in cross country.” •Watkins Memorial senior Jake Miller, who has signed to play golf at Marshall, scored the tying goal in the final minute as the PRPC Ice Prowlers tried to stay alive in the consolation bracket of the Greater Columbus High School Club Hockey League’s Blue Jackets Cup on Feb. 19.

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Prep Notes

Wrestlers leave mark at Heath By KURTIS ADAMS ThisWeek Community Newspapers

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Licking Heights’ Brionne Mitchell goes up for a shot Feb. 23 while being guarded by Granville’s David Fraley during their Division II district tournament game.

too. Three starters, including sophomore Ronnie Dawson, are expected to return. He made secondteam all-league and was the team’s top rebounder despite being an undersized (6-foot) center. Among others, the Hornets also return 64 sophomore forward Darius Strickland and 6-3 freshman Alex Murphy, both of whom provided a spark off the bench. “We should be even stronger inside next year with a little more experience,” said Clark, who has a 42-33 record in four seasons. “We’ve got some key pieces to replace, though, especially Deonte’s leadership. Next year may seem like a ways off, but the preparation starts now.” •Senior Tevyn Young, a 6-1, 230-pound defensive end, signed Feb. 24 to play football at Urbana. One of 26 recruits signed by the Blue Knights, he made first-team all-league and Division III firstteam all-district last fall as the Hornets finished 7-3. Young will be arriving at Urbana, which became a NCAA Division II member this school year, as the Great Lakes Valley Conference is preparing to award a football championship for the first time in 2012. The league will include nine football-playing schools by then. •The wrestling team matched first-place Licking Valley’s three

The wrestling careers of Heath High School seniors Dom Barlow, Travis Drumm and Mason Robinson are winding down. Their influence likely will continue to be felt long after they graduate, however. “We had a laugh just today when Travis and (sophomore) Gunner (Loughman) were getting after each other in practice,” coach Roger Morgan said. “Gunner caught him with a real nice throw. I think it surprised him as much as it did Travis. That’s the benefit you get from working out with someone like that.” Entering the Division III district tournament Feb. 25-26 at Coshocton, the senior trio had combined to win 478 matches, led by Robinson’s 164-30 record. Barlow, already a three-time state placer, was 161-23 and Drumm was 153-24. Barlow is likely to continue his career in college, although many scholarship offers are not forthcoming until after a wrestler’s senior season has ended. Drumm has signed to play football at Tiffin University. Robinson already is considering a way to give back to a program that he and his classmates have helped put on the map. “Mason’s talking about coming back to help out next year at the junior high,” Morgan said. “In trying to take things to the next level, that’s the kind of commitment we’ll need after this group leaves.” Robinson was the only member of the trio to make it to this point in the season without an injury. He was 46-4 at 160 pounds entering the district tournament. Drumm, who missed time with a separated shoulder, was 27-1 at 215. Barlow, who has missed time because of an injured hamstring, was 23-2 at 152. All three won sectional titles Feb. 19 at Cardington, and Loughman was 2320 at 171 while also qualifying for district. “It seems like we were taking Dom to state for the first time as a freshman just yesterday,” Morgan said. “That group’s definitely set a tone here, and hopefully we’ll be able to keep building on it once they leave. “You have to have guys like that to attract other guys like that. We’ve got some freshmen chomping at the bit here now, and it’s carried all the way down to our third- and fourth-graders. Those youngsters have seen what’s possible if you’re willing to put in the time and the effort.” •BASKETBALL — Three

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Tyron Pack shoots over the Blue Aces’ Ken Laney during the Hornets’ 65-57 loss at Lakewood.

Licking Heights Roundup

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In coach Nathan Clark’s opinion, a second-half collapse that led to a 65-57 loss to Granville in a Division II first-round tournament game Feb. 23 at Lakewood wasn’t a sign that the Licking Heights High School boys basketball team regressed. “I still think we’ve got things going in the right direction,” he said. “Finishing 14-7 (overall) isn’t bad, you know.” In fact, the Hornets enjoyed their finest season under Clark. They were voted the eighth seed in the tournament after reeling off 12 consecutive victories at one point, including a 41-39 comefrom-behind win Jan. 26 at Grandview to avenge an earlier MSLCardinal Division loss. The Hornets swept West Jefferson — which matched Licking Heights’ 14 regular-season victories — during their streak, winning 71-59 on Jan. 7 and 7063 on Feb. 8. They also prevailed 57-42 at traditional power Worthington Christian on Feb. 5. The Hornets’ average margin of victory in those 12 games was 19.4 points. “It was a heck of a run,” Clark said. The Hornets, who dropped their first four games this season, suffered their first loss since Dec. 14 when they fell 56-55 at home against Harvest Prep on Feb. 10.

BOYS BASKETBALL •Record: 14-7, 11-3 (second) in MSL-Cardinal •Seniors lost: Deonte Holder, Brionne Mitchell and Eyob Tadele •Key returnees: Ronnie Dawson, Alex Murphy, Tyron Pack, Dewey Rice and Darius Strickland

They rebounded to post two victories before losing to the Warriors again 63-61 in the regularseason finale on Feb. 18. Harvest Prep, the top seed in the Division IV district tournament, went 14-0 to capture the MSL-Cardinal title as Licking Heights (11-3) finished second. They were followed by West Jefferson (10-4), Grandview 8-6), Fisher Catholic (5-9), Liberty Union (3-11), Millersport (3-11) and Berne Union (2-12). Moments of immaturity proved to be the Hornets’downfall in the tournament against Granville, which also had won the regularseason meeting 64-55 on Dec. 7. “When you’re talking about 15and 16-year-olds, well, they ride on emotions,” Clark said. “Sometimes that’s a good thing; tonight it wasn’t.” Licking Heights led 33-15 at the half, and senior Brionne Mitchell’s 3-pointer provided a 42-20 lead early in the third quarter. The Hornets were called for two technical fouls as the advantage evaporated, and they shot

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The Hornets’ Ronnie Dawson, who scored a team-high 15 points, shows his disappointment after the loss.

only 27 percent from the floor in the second half. The Blue Aces, meanwhile, surged ahead with a 33-6 run that gave them a 53-48 lead with 4 minutes, 31 seconds remaining. They made 22 of 28 free throws in the fourth quarter.

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At a glance Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Watkins Memorial boys basketball, girls basketball, swimming and wrestling teams: BOYS BASKETBALL *Feb. 18 — Lost to Hilliard Bradley 85-58 in regular-season finale. Kevin Crawford (24) and Hunter Holton (15) posted season-high point totals to lead the Warriors. Feb. 25 — Played top-seeded Westerville South in second round of Division I district tournament. The Warriors had a first-round bye. Winner advances to play Independence or Pickerington Central in district semifinal, 10 a.m. March 5 at Fairgrounds Coliseum. Of note: The Warriors were 2-18 overall before Feb. 25 and finished 1-13 in the OCC-Capital, won by New Albany (13-1). GIRLS BASKETBALL Feb. 24 — Lost to ninth-seeded Upper Arlington 59-26 in second round of Division I district tournament. The Warriors had a first-round bye. Of note: The Warriors finished 5-16 overall. SWIMMING Feb. 19 — Boys: Did not score in Division I district meet at Ohio State

won by Upper Arlington (432.5). Competing for the Warriors were the 200 medley relay (2:09.91, 26th), 200 free relay (1:49.27, 28th) and 400 free relay (disqualified); Girls: Did not score at district meet won by Upper Arlington (505). Competing for the Warriors were Hannah Rush in the 200 IM (2:25.73, 24th) and 500 free (5:42.19, 22nd), the 200 medley relay (2:06.79, 22nd), 200 free relay (1:53.27, 20th) and 400 free relay (4:22.10, 24th). WRESTLING Feb. 19 — Finished ninth (66) in Division I sectional tournament at Marysville won by Hilliard Davidson (239.5). District qualifiers were Billy Garcia (145, 3-2, fourth) and Dylan Scott (103, 3-1, third). Also competing were Chris Bankes (130, 0-2), Jack Bennett (215, 0-2), Joey Cameron (152, 2-2), Josh Chism (135, 0-2), Damien George (189, 02), Bo Giffin (160, 1-2), Noah Holter (125, 1-2), Nick Lancia (140, 1-3) and Mike Starner (171, 2-3) Feb. 25-26 — Qualifiers at district meet at Hilliard Darby. The top four in each weight class advanced to state March 3-5 at Ohio State. *OCC-Capital game

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for the state club tournament, which will be held March 11-13 in Wooster and Canton. The Ice Prowlers finished 15-7-2 with 32 points during the regular season as Hilliard (14-7-3, 31 points), Northeast (14-7-3, 31) and Newark (12-11-1, 25) also qualified for state. Hilliard defeated the Storm 6-2 on Feb. 20 to capture its first Blue Jackets Cup championship. Straker, who has been out with a concussion, is expected to play in the state tournament. Hyer, a sophomore forward from Pickerington North, won’t play because of a broken collarbone. “It’ll be nice going to state as a No. 1 seed, but we’ve already seen that doesn’t bring any guarantees,” Tonello said. “We have to go play like we want to win it.”

The Ice Prowlers, who were the top seed after winning the league’s regular-season title, led Northeast 3-1 entering the third period but found themselves trailing 4-3 as the Storm rallied with three goals. PRPC eventually lost 5-4 after opening the event with a 2-1 loss to Athens a day earlier. The Ice Prowlers were playing without leading scorer Kyle Hyer and their top defenseman, Licking Heights senior Sean Straker. Both were sidelined with injuries. “We’re not using that as an excuse, though,” coach Joe Tonello said. “We didn’t play PRPC hockey against Athens, and Northeast put four goals in on us in seven minutes. That should never kadams@thisweeknews.com happen.” PRPC’s goal now is to regroup www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

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Licking County girls teams advanced to a district semifinal. The biggest surprise was Lakewood, Below are the recent results and which was seeded 17th in Divicoming schedules for the Licking Continued from page B1 sion II but upset sixth-seeded Heights boys basketball and wrestling teams: Hartley 47-39 in a second-round individual champions during the BOYS BASKETBALL game on Feb. 23. Newark in DiDivision II home sectional Feb. *Feb. 18 — Lost to Harvest Prep vision I and Johnstown in Divi19 as Tyler Price (112 pounds), 63-61 in regular-season finale. Alex sion III also advanced. matched his season high Josiah Dunlap (135) and Jason Murphy In the boys tournament, with 16 points to lead the Hornets, Maynard (140) all won titles. But who dropped two games against the Granville’s 65-57 come-fromthe Hornets, who placed seventh league-champion Warriors by a com- behind win over eighth-seeded (117.5 points), couldn’t match the bined three points. Licking Heights in a Division II 23 — Lost to sixth-seeded overall depth that MSL-Ohio- Feb. first-round game Feb. 23 at LakeGranville 65-57 in first round of Dichampion Licking Valley (222.5) vision II district tournament. Ronnie wood highlighted the opening showed. Dawson scored 15 points and Dewey week of play. Newark in DiviKevin Yeager pinned his way Rice added 11 for the Hornets, who sion I, Northridge in Division squandered a 22-point third-quarter into the title match at 171, in- lead. III and Newark Catholic in Dicluding a pin in overtime against Of note: The Hornets finished 14-7 Licking Valley’s Blake Owens in overall and 11-3 (second) in the MSL- vision IV also won their postseason openers. a semifinal, but he finished sec- Cardinal. The sixth-seeded Blue Aces ond while also advancing to the WRESTLING trailed 42-20 in the third quarter Feb. 19 — Finished seventh (117.5) district meet Feb. 25-26 at Columat 13-team Division II home secbefore a 33-6 run put them ahead bus East. tional behind champion Licking Valto stay 53-48 with 4 minutes, 31 Maynard improved to 37-5, ley (222.5) Price to 36-5, Dunlap to 20-4 and District qualifiers were Josiah Dun- seconds remaining. Ryan Green Yeager to 29-7. Charlie Howard, lap (135, 4-0, first), Jason Maynard scored 19 points and was 8-of-8 (140, 4-0 first), Tyler Price (112, 4a senior, was a district alternate at 0, first) and Kevin Yeager (171, 3- at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. Ken Laney had six points 152 after placing fifth at section- 1, second). and 10 rebounds. Scott Owen Also competing were Abdi Abdirashid al while improving to 23-19. “Our big guns did what we ex- (145, 0-2), Steven Clum (189, 0-2), scored all 12 of his points in the Josh Derenburger (130, 0-2), Charpected,” coach Bo Ramsey said. lie Howard, 152, 2-2), A.J. Velasquez second half as the Blue Aces, who “I’m really disappointed we did- (215, 0-2) and Michael Zaky (heavy- shared the MSL-Ohio Division weight, 0-2). title with Heath, improved to 16n’t get a fifth kid out, though. 25-26 — Qualifiers at district 5 overall. “I think I may have underesti- Feb. meet at Columbus East. The top “I’m a first-year coach, and I mated the competition Charlie was four in each weight class advanced think as a team we’re playing for going to have to beat (to advance). to state March 3-5 at Ohio State. some respect,” Granville’s Jamie He could have folded after he lost *MSL-Cardinal game Pearson said. “We weren’t happy the second time. He was down 102 (opposing Sherwon Wanzo of he went out with a really nice win.” with some of the (all-league and all-District 11) selections that Columbus South) in the fifth-place haven’t been (publicly) anmatch, but came back to pin the kadams@thisweeknews.com nounced yet. I think Scott Owen, kid. If that was Charlie’s last match, www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

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School news Licking Heights DECA students qualify for state Members of Licking Heights High School’s DECA program earned 14 students 10 first-place awards in district competition. A total of 26 students qualified for state competition. According to information from the school, first-place winners and their categories include Farhiya Abdi, Principles of Marketing; Sara Goff, Hotel and Lodging Management; Gabrielle Palombaro, Marketing Management; Hope Gunn, Quick Serve Restaurant; Alyssa Antauer and Cassidy Cochrum, Hospitality Services Management Team; Jordan Dewhurst and Dalton Golden, Marketing Communications Management Team; Alisa Malone and Marqus Smith, Sports and Entertainment Management Team; Kristin Abarra and Katie Kenny, Travel and Tourism Management Team; Vlade Necovski, Advertising Campaign; and Tenny Adebayo, Professional Selling. Students who earned second place include Maddy Zarley, Food Marketing; Amber Alvarez,

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