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Council, manager settle dispute By MICHAEL J. MAURER ThisWeek Community Newspapers The Johnstown Village Council and former village manager Judy Edwards settled their dispute Thursday, negotiating privately in lieu of a public hearing the manager had originally requested. Council suspended Edwards and removed her from her position Nov. 19. Under the city charter, Edwards had a right to request a public hearing on the action and had done so, also advising council that she intended to seek protection under Ohio “whistleblower” laws. As provided in the terms of the settlement, neither council nor Edwards are to make disparaging comments about the other. On the finance side, Edwards salary of $75,000 annually will continue to be paid through March 4, along with associated pension and benefits. Her

Edwards declined to comment, citing the agreement’s terms of confidentiality, subject to public records laws. The conflict between council and the manAll in all the negotiation went ager came to a head after Edwards and counfairly smoothly. Her contract was cil had discussed potential road reconf igurauntil May 20, 2011. She will be tions at the village’s industrial park. Council paid through March 4, 2011. Her members Chris Speck and Sean Staneart or their family members had interests in land that medical benefits will continue could be affected by the plans, and Edwards until the end of the contract. had requested an advisory opinion and investigation from the Ohio Ethics Commission DAVID WIGGINTON about potential conflict of interest. As the matter developed, Edwards requestJohnstown la w director ed an opinion from the village law director, David Wigginton, that concluded the two counmedical benefits will continue through May cil members should abstain from such discusBy Lorrie Cecil/ThisWeek sions. 20, the original end date of her contract. Speck and Staneart also abstained from set- Former Johnstown village manager Judy Edwards listens as “It’s nice to have it behind us,” council member Sharon Hendren said of the settlement. “It’s law director David Wigginton recommends council go into See DISPUTE, page A2 executive session Dec. 2 to discuss her recent removal. good to go on.”

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final chapters will relate to overall goals of the plan and how city officials should take steps to implement it. Among changes discussed Wednesday was the deletion of an entire subdivision, the Village at Duncan Plains, that had been planned but was dropped. Also discussed were changes to price points in existing subdivisions, some of which increased and others of which, reflecting the sagging housing market, decreased.

Faced with planning a tax levy and/or making budget cuts, the Northridge Board of Education held two public working sessions last week to involve residents in the process. Voters rejected a school district income tax renewal Nov. 2, which means the district will see a reduction of $1.7-million in revenue during 2011. “We’ve talked to OEA, to administrators, to finance committee members, we’re trying to talk to as many people as we can,” said board president Lee Hatfield. “We’d like to finalize our list in December and vote on cuts in the January meeting. That way we can find out what happens in May, and anyone who might be affected would know and would have until September to plan for that.” About 40 district residents attended the w ork session, and worked in groups of six to eight to review possible budget cuts if the expected levies fail in the May or November elections. Parent Kevin Scott said he came to the meeting because he wanted to help identify the budget options. “It’s just a concern to me,” Scott said. “I have kids in the district,and I believe the teachers and administrators are doing a great job with the resources they have, and now they are being asked to do with less. That’s going to impact the entire community.” Hatfield said the turnout was good. “We struggle at times to get folks in,” he noted. Hatfield said the November election seemed to be more of a general anti-tax v ote than past elections in Northridge had been, where different voters were concerned about whether property taxes or income taxes were best. “In the past we’ve had issues with one end of the district concerned more about income tax, and the other end of the district concerned more about property tax, but this time that was not the case,” Hatfield said. “If you look at the numbers, we did poorly across the board.”

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Karl Harris sands a walnut bowl he made in the wood shop behind Timber Tunes, the store he owns with his wife, Linda. The wood, he said, is from a tree that fell in Johnstown during the 2004 ice storm. Timber Tunes is at 9862 Johnstown-Utica Road.

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Text revisions to strategic plan under way By MICHAEL J. MAURER ThisWeek Community Newspapers The Johnstown Planning and Zoning Commission took its first steps to revise the text of the village’s strategic plan Wednesday, updating two of the document’s eight chapters. Revisions relate to residential growth and the growth of “capacity” services including police, fire, schools, water and sewer, parks and libraries. “Residential growth is about housing stock, home values, size, what’s there now, what may be

needed in the future,” said acting village manager Jim Lenner. “Community capacity goes into parks and recreation, historic landmarks and library, water and sewer, police and fire, schools and community infrastructure as a whole.” For several months, the commission has been working on changes to the maps that are part of the plan, but Wednesday’s meeting was the first time the committee began work on the text. Lenner said the commission would be working through the document for the next several months and should finish by spring or early summer. The

Captain Scott House open during Alexandria holiday celebration By MICHAEL J. MAURER ThisWeek Community Newspapers The Captain Scott House will be open to the public Saturday, Dec. 11, as part of Alexandria’s Christmas festivities. “Last year was the first year we had the Captain Scott House open,” said Martha Sturgill, one of the event

coordinators. The holiday celebration also includes a cookie fair at the Alexandria United Methodist Church, antique toys and a collection of White House commemorative Christmas ornaments at the village museum and a brunch with Santa Claus at the local fire station. “We try to mix it up so people can

go to different events,” Sturgill said. “It seems like everything happens the first couple of weekends and by the third weekend not as much is going on, but of course that’s when people are busy with families.” The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the cookie fair opens at 9 a.m. The Santa parade begins at 10 a.m., followed by brunch

with Santa at the St. Albans Township Fire Department from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Anyone who wants to be in the parade can be,” Sturgill said. “The lineup starts at 9:30 and the parade starts at 10. It’s not as long as our parade in the summer time,because of See OPEN HOUSE, page A2

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OPEN HOUSE Continued from page A1 the weather. Then the kids can visit Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas.” The Captain Scott House, meanwhile, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The historic structure, which was moved in 2007 to state Route 37 and Brookside from its original location at the intersection of state routes 37 and 161, is undergoing continual renovation, with mostly volunteer labor. “The outside has been painted, and we’re hoping to begin the next phase, the restoration of the inside,” Sturgill said. “The structure is basically sound,but we need to do a lot of plasterwork. The cracks did not happen in the move, but from settling over the years. There’s one ceiling to replace. “One of the fortunate things about the house is that,because it was kind of neglected, no one ever painted the woodwork, so we don’t have to strip paint. It’s all beautiful oak original woodwork. The staircase is darker, but it’s in good condition too.” Scott said the volunteers hope to install a modern kitchen and bathrooms. “Originally, we hoped to have it done in five years, but that’s


not going to happen,” Sturgill said, noting that the economy has contributed to a slowdown in donations. “People have been very generous, but they have to do their volunteer work after their regular work.” When completed, the house, which was built circa 1869, will be open for use by the public. The house is named for its original occupant, Joseph M. Scott, an outspoken abolitionist who held the rank of captain during the Civil War. “Our original mission was to use it as a community b uilding where people can have anything from Boy Scout meetings to wedding receptions,” Sturgill said. “The upstairs, some people would like to see it used as a Civil War museum, since Capt. Scott was a Civil War veteran, a captain in the 86th Ohio Volunteers.” Those interested in supporting the Captain Scott House project may send donations or a note offering to volunteer to the Alexandria Community Council, Friends of Captain Scott Committee,P.O. Box 234,Alexandria 43001. For more information, contact Donna Herring at (740) 587-2569, e-mail or visit www

NORTHRIDGE Continued from page A1 About 40 district residents w orking in five groups of six to eight, along with board members and administrators, reviewed various proposals to cut costs. Options being considered ranged from eliminating staff positions to bring the district closer to state minimum requirements to shopping for better deals— for example, changing fuel suppliers. Superintendent John Shepard said the board would try to finalize its proposed cuts in December and act in January to put a tax levy on the May ballot. The board must meet procedural deadlines of Jan. 21 and Feb. 2 to complete submissions to the county board of elections. “We want to come up with ideas for reductions,and we’re exploring any ideas that are out there,” Shepard said. “We’ll take their ideas, compare them to our ideas, and see what is legal to do under state requirements.” The district is projecting a def icit of about $1.1-million for the 2011-12 school year, which could be partially offset by some savings balance in the general fund.

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Continued from page A1 tlement negotiations Thursday. Council also agreed to adopt a resolution stating that its resolution of Nov. 19, which made nine charges of misconduct against Edwards, were moot, and that any person referring to that resolution “should not treat the allegations in Resolution 2010-38 as anything more than unproven allegations.” Council also agreed to advise any prospective employer that Edwards resigned “as a result of dif fering but valid viewpoints.” Edwards waived all claims she might have against the village or its employees. Wigginton, whose experience includes working with public entities while serving as a county attorne y, said such agreements are relatively common when public boards and administrators have a dispute. “It’s not unusual,” Wigginton said. “Everybody is free to go their own way and go on about their business.” Edwards had made a settlement proposal earlier in the week, and Wigginton had reviewed it with council members. Further counterproposals were negotiated Thursday before the final agreement was reached. “All in all the negotiation went fairly smoothly,” Wigginton said. “Her contract was until May 20, 2011. She will be paid through March 4, 2011. Her medical benefits will continue until the end of the contract. Other pension and benefits will be paid through March 4.”

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REVISIONS Continued from page A1 “I had an inspection in Leafy Dell Thursday, and they said their spec houses had all sold, so in that little part of the world, that is a good sign,” Lenner said. “But I don’t think that’s indicative of things generally.” To the extent the strategic plan perceives any gap in housing, Lenner said it was in the midrange price range. “There was a little discussion about that — families that need a little more square footage, but don’t need 3,500 square feet, just 1,800 to 2,000 square feet,the mid-range homes,” Lenner said. “But one of the questions is, how do you mandate a certain type of home? You really can’t. It’s largely based on the property owners to develop as they see fit. It’s market driven.” Changes to the capacity chapter mostly reflected minor fluctuations in statistics and descriptions in various services since 2005. The recent elections, in which the county park district tax failed, were in-

cluded, as some park trails are no longer going to be maintained. Lenner said the commission would meet again in December and would discuss additional chapters, topics ranging from maintaining the small town character of the village to the economic vitality of the area to future development concepts. Transportation was also discussed, Lenner said. “We talked about whether a bypass is possible,” Lenner said. “With the way the state is funding projects it might be 30 years before it’s built.” Lenner said earlier strategic planning discussions considered a bypass on the southwest side of the village, rejoining U.S. Route 62 on the New Albany side of Johnstown, but that Wednesday’s discussions centered on a potential bypass on the northeast side of the village,taking advantage of the state Route 37 to state Route 310 access route to the new state Route 161 The next commission meeting will be Dec. 15.

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Many factors involved when searching for Christmas cards I browsed the Christmas card aisle the other day. I hadn’t gone out with the intention of buying Christmas cards — buying broccoli was more like it — but when I happened across shelves lined with boxes, I paused to look. Buying cards is, after all, the first step toward writing them, stamping them and getting them into the mailbox. Just pick one, and don’t obsess, I said to myself. Time is growing short already, even if I skip the part where I leave the cards on a shelf for tw o weeks before getting around to steps two, three and four. I prefer to let cards age for a while, like fruitcake wrapped in muslin, but if a person runs out of time, she runs out of time. My Christmas greetings will just have to go out a little raw, that’s all. I studied the fronts of the cards through their clear plastic box tops: plump, rosy Santas, a lone fir tree with frosty branches,another lone fir tree with a single cardinal (a bird, not an ecclesiastic) perched on its frosty branches; manger scenes, cartoon reindeer, Elvis Presley (Elvis Presley?), little bunnies in the snow, and so on. Every so often, I’d pull a box off the shelf, turn it over and read the inside message. The inside message is very important. It can’t be something I might write myself, because if the printed message says it, then I can’t. But it can’t be something I’d never write myself, because then I’d be sending the card under false pretenses. I also don’t like cards that say Merry Christmas and Happ y New Year, because that leaves

nothing for me to write quickly when it’s Dec. 22 and the post office is about to close. I realize MARGO I’m picky. My BARTLETT Christmas card rules have accumulated over time, and I don’t deny that I have quite a few of them, even though I’ve let one or two rules go. My rule about colored envelopes, for instance. I once insisted on those,but it just became too difficult to find decent cards (definition of decent: no Santas inside martini glasses) paired with red or green envelopes. Speaking of Christmas card greetings, I came across a holiday card site on the Internet the other day. I knew immediately that the site wasn’t based in this country, because “cards for Americans” was one of the searchable categories. I’m an American, so I clicked on that category myself and spent several happy minutes reading descriptions of cards with sound — here called “Christmas saying cards:” “Send this wonderful Christmas saying card to your f amily members on Christmas.” “Enjoy this Christmas saying and send this card all around.” “Get drowned in the festivity with this card and mak e this Christmas merrier.” “Cherish lovely time of Christmas with your loved ones.” “Make the pious day of Christmas unique with this card and send it everywhere.” “Have a holly jolly Christmas

and with this card amplify its excitement.” “It’s time to deck up your Christmas tree. Send this Christmas tree card on the eve of Christmas.” But about my own Christmas card experience, back in the store. I was nudging myself to make a decision when I saw what I at first thought would be the card I’d send all around to my family members on Christmas. The picture was a cozy scene: a fireplace with a healthy blaze, a mantel on which several candles were burning brightly, and on the hearth, smack-dab in front of both the fire and the candles, a fluffy, fully decorated Christmas tree. It looked like a Christmas catastrophe about to happen. For several moments, I held the box in my hand, imagining the Christmas messages I could write: “Quickly, before the tree goes up …;” “Ten minutes after this picture was taken, the cabin was a heap of …”“Here’s a picture of where not to put your …” With the 18 cards in this box,

I could have drowned myself in the festivity of Christmas. In the end, though, I decided to keep looking. Somewhere I’ll find Christmas cards that don’t look like a grim warning from the fire department. Or have pictures of Elvis Presley on the front.

Meanwhile, I send all around this message: “May your festivity be filled with wishes of your loved ones.” Margo Bartlett is a ThisWeek staff writer . E-mail her at

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Residents learn lessons in preserving watershed By MICHAEL J. MAURER ThisWeek Community Newspapers The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and the Ohio State University-based NEMO program (nonpoint education for municipal officials) hosted a public meeting Dec. 2 to promote watershed conservation. The meeting included actions residents could take to establish “landscape wetlands” on their own properties near streams. The main speaker for the event was Jessica D’Ambrosio, NEMO program manager. “We provide programming for just about everyone,” D’Ambrosio said. “We talk about the relationship of population growth and land use to stormwater quality. Population growth and urban development change the character of our communities and watersheds, and

there are things we can do as a community to ameliorate the effect on our water resources.” Although development historically has led to large-scale urban waterfronts, there is a trend toward preserving wooded stream banks, both for recreational use and as a matter of pollution control. “We can use our floodplains and some practices to mimic pre-development conditions, to reduce the water quantity and the time it takes to get there,” D’Ambrosio said. “Any new construction cannot have runoff greater than before the development. We have erosion controls, wet and dry retention basins, natural wetlands that reconnect streams to floodplains. And homeowners can take steps to develop landscape wetlands.” A significant pollution problem is “combined sewer overflows,” where

sanitary sewage mixes with storm water during heavy rains, leading to significant pollution problems, she said. “Our storm-sewer systems are overinundated,” D’Ambrosio said. “When you have too much water coming too quickly, it erodes the banks and the beds so the streams tend to cut down and widen. They essentially become large conduits, and it causes flooding downstream and stresses the entire system. We also lose property, and that has a high economic impact.” Such systems no longer are being developed, and as old infrastructure is replaced, stormwater systems are separated from sewage systems, she said. She estimated that the infrastructure replacement would take 20 to 30 years. “You also have a water-quality problem as the water picks up trash and pollutants,” D’Ambrosio said. “It’s a public health hazard, and we can’t recre-


ate on our streams any longer.” Pollutants other than sewage include mostly fertilizers from farming and lawns and oil-based pollution from cities. “In Blacklick Creek we have a lot of different uses,” D’Ambrosio said. “Some of it is agricultural, so you have phosphorus and nutrients, and livestock animal waste. From the urban areas, it’s oil, grease, hydrocarbons and trash. You can have plastics and paints. Urban landowners also contribute when they fertilize lawns and gardens.” One practice that is becoming more frequent is to purchase easements to preserve stream banks and riparian corridors, she said. “The Blacklick Creek is pretty progressive in purchasing easements,such as Dysart Run,” D’Ambrosio said. “The Darby Creek watershed is doing the same thing — preserving that natural

buffer in the stream system. Throughout the Blacklick watershed there is evidence of easements being purchased.” Preserved areas also could be joined to other areas, to create a large, continuous network of natural floodplains, D’Ambrosio said, but such connectivity is in its early stages. “I don’t see large-scale evidence in central Ohio yet,” she said. “It’s happening piecemeal and with demonstration projects. Some of our municipalities are looking at other cities,such as Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, where that is happening.” Local efforts are focused on smallscale projects. “The main theme is what landowners can do themselves,” D’Ambrosio said. “It is possible that small dif ferences in our own landscapes can make a difference in the community as a whole, and that’s a nice message.”

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Jackson named Super 25 captain By LARRY GRAHAM

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The season started kind of slow for Westerville South High School running back Jayshon Jackson. He didn’t score in the season opener and the Wildcats football team lost to Groveport 19-10 on Aug. 28. However, Jackson rebounded with his best game of the season on a national stage in the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic against Dublin Coffman on Sept. 5 at Ohio Stadium. Establishing a rigorous pace for the rest of the season, Jackson, who is 5foot-8, 180 pounds, rushed for a season-high 318 yards and two touchdowns in the 31-21 win. That’s just one of the reasons he w as named the ThisWeek Super 25 captain. “I had my eyes set on playing them the whole year,” Jackson said. “I was excited to get them back, because they knocked us out last year. But to go out there and rush for that many yards was a blessing. “It was a wonderful opportunity to play in Ohio State Stadium, because most kids don’t even get to go and watch, let alone be on the field like I was.” Jackson’s desire for payback was evident. When the Wildcats faced Coffman again in the first round of the Division I playoffs on Nov. 6, Jackson had another 300-yard game and had three touchdowns. “He’s a good, tough runner and a great player,” Coffman senior lineman and Notre Dame recruit Brad Carrico said of Jackson. “He really awed me.” Jackson finished the season with 2,583 yards on 349 carries with 23 touchdowns. He averaged 7.4 yards per carry, and his longest touchdown run was a 75yarder in the second meeting with the Shamrocks. “I didn’t think he’d get that many yards, but he did set a goal at the beginning of the year to get 2,000 yards in 10 games,” South coach Rocky Pentello said. “It was something he thought he could achieve.”

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Brendin Cornwell of Johnstown-Monroe works on Northridge’s Seth Smith during a match last season. Cornwell, a senior who will compete as a heavyweight, is the lone returning district qualifier for the Johnnies.

Johnstown-Monroe Roundup

New coach familiar with wrestlers By SCOTT HENNEN

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Jared Writesel has been around the Johnstown-Monroe High School wrestling program for quite a while. A 2003 Johnstown graduate, Writesel was a district qualif ier as a sophomore before injury-plagued junior and senior seasons. But after five years as an assistant, he is now leading the program at his alma mater. “I know a lot of the kids and I ha ve coached a lot of them, ” Writesel said. “They know me in some way or another from being a wrestling coach. I’m still trying to oversee the youth program to see that the w ork they are doing will keep them from playing catch-up when they get to high school.” Johnstown athletics director Mik e Carter said the Johnnies found a great replacement for former coach Ric Block, who was head coach for one season after working as an assistant for six seasons. Block left because of changes in his work schedule. “Jared really cares about the kids, the community and the school district, ” See SUPER 25, page B2 Carter said. “He is hard-w orking and

WRESTLING Dec. 4 — Gran ville Invitational *Dec. 14 — MBC T ri-Meet at Loudon ville Dec. 18 — Licking County In vitational at home Dec. 30 — Johnstown Duals *Jan. 5 — MBC T ri-Meet at Utica Jan. 15 — Lar ry Remmer t Memorial at Thornville Sheridan *Jan. 19 — MBC T ri-Meet at Centerburg Jan. 21-22 — Josh Hephner Memorial T ournament at Austintown-F itch Jan. 29 — Jimm y Wood Memorial at Ne w Lexington *Feb. 12 — MBC T ournament at Centerburg *MBC contest

energetic and he has been a great assistant coach for the program in the past few years. He has de veloped a fantastic relationship with the athletes and is dedicated to help them reach their full potential.” The Johnnies have four returning letterwinners in senior heavyweight Brendin Cornwell, junior Joey Dismuke (171 or 189 pounds), junior R.D. Williams (215) and sophomore Cory Lamer (160). Cornwell advanced to the Division II district after finishing fourth at heavyweight in the sectional at Cardington. He finished

0-2 in the district at Heath. “I have had Brendin, R.D. and Joey for the past two or three years prior to me taking o ver the program, ” said Writesel, whose team will compete Dec. 14 at Loudonville in an MBC trimeet. “They know what we e xpect in the program and the y are the team captains.” The Johnnies also have senior Dustin Mullins (130) and junior Jack Dismuke (189) as well as six freshmen in Caleb Bentley (145), Clayton Bullard (160 or 171), Aaron Davis (189), Dylan Mullins (112), Jonathan Nash (125) and Logan Writesel (125), brother of the coach. “We have a good group of freshmen, especially Clayton,” coach Writesel said. “He is a fast learner and he wants to be best he can be at wrestling.” Last season in the MBC tournament at Utica, the Johnnies finished sixth (82) of seven teams behind Loudon ville (248), which won its sixth consecutive title. Utica (197) w as runner-up followed by Centerburg (151), Fredericktown (105) and East Knox (104). Northridge (80) was seventh. Scott Robinson, a 2010 graduate at 152 pounds who placed sixth at state,

At a glance Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Johnstown-Monroe boys and girls basketball teams: BOYS BASKETBALL Last Friday — Pla yed Wester ville Nor th in opener Tuesday — At Heath *Friday — Home vs. Dan ville in MBC opener *Dec. 14 — At Utica GIRLS BASKETBALL *Last Thursday — Pla yed Danville in opener for both season and MBC *Last Saturday — Pla yed Utica Wednesday — At Lak ewood *Saturday — Home vs. East Knox *Dec. 14 — Home vs. Loudon ville *MBC game

won a league title in the same weight division. Williams (215) also w on an MBC title and Cornwell w as third at heavyweight. “We have a lot of youth in the program and we are still in the rebuilding phase,” coach Writesel said. “But we have a lot of young kids and that bodes well, especially for the future.”

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Potts inherits young but experienced wrestling team By SCOTT HENNEN

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Junior captain Marcie Boyce is one of five returnees for the Vikings girls swim team.

A young but seasoned Northridge High School wrestling team expects to continue making strides under first-year coach Eric Potts. Potts takes over for Bill Perry, who did not have his contract renewed after leading the program for 20 years. “Probably getting through the early season paperwork and getting the wrinkles out as far as the schedule would be the toughest thing (about being a head coach),” said Potts, who was the varsity coach at Columbus Academy for three seasons from 2003-06 before lea ving to coach youth wrestling in the Northridge district where his children attend school. “Getting everything in line for the season, the outside stuff, is what can be tough.” One thing that eases some of the stress is the return of three Division III district qualifiers in sophomores Andrew Mullen (119 pounds), Anthoney Verhovec (215) and Tom Williams (130). Williams was 2-2 at 125 last season at the Heath district meet to finish 47-10. Mullen went 12 at 112 to finish 30-16 and Verhovec went 1-2 at 189 to f inish 42-12. The Vikings tied for 42nd with Belpre, Crooksville, Proctorville Fairland, Fredericktown and North Union with se ven

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Tom Williams works on Fredericktown’s Brant Bowers last season. Williams, a sophomore who will compete at 130 pounds, is one of three returning district qualifiers for the Vikings.

points as 51 teams scored behind champion West Jefferson (174.5). “Experience is a strength,” Potts said. “They definitely have the mat time, not that they don’t need to get more.” The only senior for the Vikings is 145-pounder Bradley Verhovec. The team doesn’t have any juniors. Sophomores also include Jeffery Maynard (119), Shane Mulligan (125) and Zach Rudy (160). Heavyweight John Barber , Jacob Burke (171), Parker Fox (112), Rob Mickey (140) and

Wade Stischok (125) are freshmen. “The freshmen are pretty good as well,” Potts said. “Rob Mickey placed in the (junior high) state tournament last year and Jacob Burke was a state qualifier.” Last season in the MBC meet, Northridge finished last (80) of seven teams behind Loudonville (248), which won its sixth title in a row. Williams (125) was the lone champion for the Vikings. Mullen (112) was second and Anthoney Verhovec (189) third. “Right now, we’re working on

stabilizing weights,” Potts said. “We have an ideal situation where we want everyone to be and we are working to get there.” •Catherine Carney likes what she has seen out of the swimming team. “I really like their work ethic and the positive attitude that they bring to practice in the way they cheer and encourage each other,” said Carney, a youth coach at the Newark YMCA. The Vikings have two seniors See VIKINGS, page B2

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Davidson traditions won’t change after semifinal loss Brian White strolled the sidelines of Welcome Stadium on Nov. 27 looking for answers. The coach of the Hilliard Da vidson High School football team was pacing, trying to come up with w ays to bottle up a pair of Huber Heights Wayne offensive standouts who were knifing through his defense like no other team had done this season or last. The Wildcats lost the Division I state semifinal 28-14. They trailed 28-7 at halftime before solving the one-tw o punch of running back Anthone Taylor and quarterback Braxton Miller in the second half. “Anyone that thinks they are a oneman team doesn’t know what they are talking about,” White said, referring to Miller, an Ohio State recruit who is rated as the top quarterback in the country by several recruiting experts. “(Taylor) is a very good running back, they have a good (offensive) line and a hardhitting defense. They are a very good team.” And so are the Wildcats. After giving up 156 yards rushing to Taylor in

the first two quarters, they limited him to 24 in the second half. Miller completed his first nine passes, but only three of his final seven. “They get you to play into their game, SCOTT which is long drives HENNEN and hard-hitting defense,” Wayne coach Jay Minton said. “They don’t make a lot of mistakes and their defense complements their offense and vice versa.” It still wasn’t enough for some Davidson fans. One was overhead saying, “Why don’t they try another play?” Sure, Davidson’s running game might seem to be running into the line on each play, but subtle changes can make the difference between no gain and an 85-yard run like the one by Tyler Talbott to set up the Wildcats’ second touchdown, a 1-yard run by Alex Mickley midway through the third quarter. “I bet if you looked at our offensive playbook, it’s larger than you think and


encompasses more formations and plays than (Dublin) Coffman or the spread teams or whoever else,” White said. “I bet you would see our playbook is much more diverse than anyone would ever say it would be. “What looks like the same play over and over is very much different from one play to next. Whether that’s good or bad, I don’t know. Sometimes I think we have too much (in the playbook). We have a play that we ran twice in 15 games in 2006. The second time w as in the state championship game. It was like third-and-9 and we pick ed up 15 yards for the first down.” White won that championship game in 2006, 36-35 over Mentor in double overtime, and another title last season with a 16-15 win o ver Cle veland Glenville. You can’t argue with that success. On a night when men in ski suits were huddled by sideline heaters to stay warm, White, who was wearing shorts, was more in tune to the game than he was to the temperature, which had dipped into the mid-20s. His su-

Johnnies’ Franklin named to first team

Continued from page B1 Jackson was the OCC-Cardinal Division Player of the Year. •OTHER FIRST-TEAMERS — Matt Allen (Hilliard Darby, Sr. QB), Kyle Annis (Hilliard Davidson, Sr. OL), Ray Ball (Westerville South, Sr., OL), Drew Black (Canal Winchester, Sr., QB/P), Darien Bryant (Pickerington North, Sr., TE/OL), Tamani Carter (Pick erington Central, Sr., DB/WR), Austin Davenport (Beechcroft, Sr., WR/DL), Ross Franklin (Johnstown, Jr., RB), Sylvester Hagan (New Albany, Sr., LB), Alex Hake (New Albany, Sr., RB/LB), Eilar Hardy (Pickerington Central, Sr., RB/DB), Keith Heitzman (Hilliard Davidson, Sr., DL/TE), Noah Key (Hartley, Sr., RB), Jeremy McCoy (MarionFranklin, Sr., WR/DB), Alex Mickley (Hilliard Davidson, Jr., RB), Matt Redfield (Watterson, Sr., RB/LB), Luke Smurthwaite (Grove City, Sr., QB), Cole Stoudt (Dublin Cof fman, Sr., QB), DeVante Strickland (Marion-Franklin, Sr., DB), Ron Tanner (Eastmoor Academy, Sr., QB/DB), Austin Traylor (Walnut Ridge, Sr., TE/DL), Nick Vannett (Westerville Central, Sr., TE/DL), Jacob Walaszek (Big Walnut, Sr., LB), Cam Wilson (Dublin Jerome, Jr., WR/DB) •HONORABLE MENTION — Garryt Abfalter-Scott (Columbus West, Sr., WR), Matt Casey (Olentangy Liberty, Sr., LB), Demetrius Clark (Ready, Jr., RB), Scott Cline (Utica, Sr., WR/DB), Blake Clowes (Hilliard Darby, Sr., OL), Vinnie Cordova (New Albany, Sr., OL), Santino Cua (DeSales, Sr., OL/LB), Marcus Davis (Dublin Coffman, Jr., WR), J.D. Detmer (Hilliard Davidson, Sr., K/P), Travis Drumm (Heath, Sr., LB), Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Jr., WR/DB/P), Josh Frakes (Hamilton Township, Sr., RB), Ryan Gannon (Dublin Jerome, Sr., QB), Josh Gordon (Licking Valley, Sr., OL/DL), Jake Green (Grove City, Sr., WR), Speedy Hammond (Pickerington Central, Sr., RB), Fred Hardgrove (Walnut Ridge, Jr., QB), Nate Hunt (Heath, Sr., DL), Evan Jackson (Hartley, Sr., OL/DL), Jarrell Jones (Northland, Sr., RB/DB), Donivan Lipsey (Brookhaven, Sr., RB), Brad McCurdy (Watterson, Sr., WR/DB), Jerry Miles (Dublin Scioto, Sr., RB/LB), Jordan Mitchell (Whetstone, Sr., RB/DB), A.J. Motika (Olentangy Liberty, Jr., WR), Preston Pearson (Columbus Academy, Sr., RB/LB), Joshua Perry

Johnstown-Monroe junior running back Ross Franklin was a first-team selection. Franklin, who is 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, rushed for 2,183 yards on 217 attempts for an average of 10.1 yards per carry. He scored 22 touchdowns and was named the Ross Franklin District 11 Co-Offensive Player of the Year as well as being a first-team performer on both the all-district and all-MBC teams. “Ross has great vision and is a fantastic combination of speed and power,” said coach Mike Carter, whose Johnnies finished 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the MBC. “He is all about the team and working to make his team better.” Franklin ran for more than 200 yards se ven times and played sparingly in the first two games because of an ankle injury. He had a seasonhigh 297 yards in a 42-13 win over Lakewood on Sept. 10 in the third week. (Olentangy, Jr., DL), Anthony Pruitt (Groveport, Sr., OL/DL), Reno Reda (Watkins Memorial, Jr., OL/DL), Derick Rudolph (Eastmoor Academy, Sr., RB), Wesley Russell (Centennial, Sr., QB/DB), Dan Satterthwaite (Grandview, OL/DL, Sr.), Matt Skura (Worthington Kilbourne, Sr., OL/DL), Joe Spahr (St. Charles, Sr., QB), Jourdan Wickliffe (St. Charles, Sr., WR/DB) •PAST CAPTAINS — Pickerington North’s Matt Ferguson (2009), DeSales’Josh Kusan (2008), Hilliard Darby’s Jeremy Ebert (2007),Westland’s Kasey Wendal (2006), Worthington Kilbourne’s Jordan Gafford (2005), Hilliard Davidson’s Christen Haywood (2004), Dublin Coffman’s Jack Rafferty (2003) and Brady Quinn (2002),Davidson’s Erick Phillips (2001), Brookhaven’s Maurice Hall (2000), Grove City’s Nathan Poole (1999),Upper Arlington’s Kyle Slager (1998) and Jesse Kline (1997) and Grove City’s Derek Combs (1996). Dublin’s Nick Goings won in 1994 and shared the award the next year with Westerville South’s Andy Katzenmoyer.

Sports briefs GCSTO holding swim tryouts

The Greater Columb us Swim Team of Ohio (GCSTO) has just started its fall and winter swim season and is looking for new athletes. GCSTO was ranked by USA Swimming as one of the top 100 teams in America in 2009 according to the national governing body

USA Swimming. The team will practice at Columbus Academy, the Concourse Hotel Fitness Club,St. Charles Preparatory School and the Columbus School for Girls. New swimmers are allowed two weeks with the team to see what it has to offer. For more information, contact GCSTO coach Steve Nye at (614) 4785445 or stevenye@sbcglob-

Baseball team seeking players The 16U Columbus Sharks baseball team is looking for a third baseman and a pitcher to complete its 2011 roster. Contact Ste ve P arker at or at (614) 284-3825.

perstition of wearing shorts during games — no matter the weather — came from his days as defensi ve coordinator at DeSales. “The last time I wore long pants was in the (1996 Division IV) championship game when I w as at DeSales and we lost (14-3) to (Cleveland) Benedictine,” White said. “I have worn shorts since then, but it’s not really a superstition. Now my wife (Jill) is the one that keeps it going. She says, ‘You don’t want to let the kids down.’” Of course, his wife was warm in long pants for the state semifinal ... but that’s a story for another time. It is said you have to walk a mile in a man’s shoes to understand him. I tried that with White, covering the state semifinal Nov. 27 on the sideline in shorts. Other than the initial shock, it’s not too bad because you stay b usy working. The worst part was cramps in my feet during the ride back to Columbus, but the experience was never worse than being a little brisk. The shirtless students co vered in body paint are another story. Standing

VIKINGS Continued from page B1 — both on the girls team — in Allison Everhart (freestyle) and Brittany Hupp (free). The six juniors are split between the teams. Captains Marcie Boyce (backstroke) and Mickellea Tennis (free, butterfly) are joined by Carly Wilson on the girls squad. Paul Hager (breaststroke, individual medley) and Beau Hammock (breast, free, IM) are captains for the bo ys, and Joe Larson (distance) is also a junior. “Paul Hager holds the program record (1 minute, 9.34 seconds) in 100(-yard) breast and should be able to drop that record and get close in the 200 IM,” Carney said. “Beau Hammock was swimming with Licking County YMCA Sharks and, given his training since September, he could set records in the 200 free and maybe the 200 IM. “Marcie also swam at Newark over the summer and we expect her to drop signif icant time in the back and breast and the same with Mickellea in the free and fly.”

(or sitting) on metal bleachers and not moving around would be a killer. You need to have that motion to stay warm. That likely is the secret for White. He is not only pacing the sideline, suggesting his point of vie w to officials and working with his players, but he is also thinking a couple plays ahead. He’s trying to w ork out all of the angles to stay ahead of the opponent. That focus keeps him from thinking about the cold until he hits the locker room. I normally wouldn’t be attending a game in sub-freezing temperatures in shorts, but it likely beats wearing long pants and a parka to a season opener when the temperature is 90 degrees. If wearing shorts w orks for White, and Davidson continues its winning ways, why tempt fate? Besides, a team that averages two passes per game likely marches to the beat of its own drummer anyway. A winter chill is not likely to stand in the way.

At a glance Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Northridge boys and girls basketball teams: BOYS BASKETBALL Last Friday — Pla yed Heath in opener *Friday — At F redericktown in MBC opener *Dec. 14 — Home vs. East Knox GIRLS BASKETBALL *Last Thursday — Defeated F redericktown 31-23 in opener for both season and MBC. K eilah Ketron scored 10 points with 14 rebounds to lead the V ikings in the coaching debut of Ashley Holmberg . *Last Saturday — Pla yed East Knox Thursday — At W orthington Christian *Saturday — Home vs. Centerburg *Dec. 16 — Home vs. Johnstown-Monroe *MBC game

SCHEDULES WRESTLING Dec. 4 — W azie Invitational at Mount Vernon *Dec. 15 — MBC Quad at East Knox Dec. 18 — Licking County T ournament at Johnstown-Monroe Dec. 30 — Johnstown Duals *Jan. 5 — Home MBC Quad

The teams ha ve no sophomores, but both have three freshmen. Vivian Carney (distance, breast), Riley Love (back, breast) and Kelli Prior (free, fly) compete for the girls with Jesse Bow-

Jan. 8 — Home Nor thridge Invitational Jan. 14-15 — Nor th Union Invitational *Jan. 19 — MBC Quad at Centerburg Jan. 29 — Jimm y Wood Memorial at New Lexington Feb. 5 — John Deno Classic at The Plains Athens *Feb. 12 — MBC T ournament at Centerburg *MBC meet SWIMMING Dec. 4 — Nor thridge Viking Splash at New Albany Dec. 11 — Dresden T ri-Valley Holiday Relays at Zanesville Rosecrans Dec. 17 — W atkins Memorial and Granville at Ne wark YMCA Dec. 18 — K enyon Invitational Jan. 4 — Dresden T ri-Valley and Heath at Zanesville Rosecrans Jan. 7 — Ne wark and Newark Catholic at Newark YMCA Jan. 13 — Zanesville and Liber ty Union at Zanesville Rosecrans Jan. 15 — T eays Valley Invitational Jan. 22 — Zanesville In vitational at Zanesville Rosecrans Jan. 24 — Ne wark Catholic at Coshocton Feb. 5 — SOESL Meet at Ohio University

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Shadowbox plans relocation to Brewery District By GARY SEMAN JR. ThisWeek Community Newspapers Shadowbox will make its return to the downtown area after choosing a historic building in the Brewery District as its center of operations. The entertainment troupe, which has been in Easton Town Center since 1999, will take over 29,000 square feet of the Worly Building at the corner of South Front and Liberty streets. A July debut is planned for Shadowbox, which signed a 30-year lease for the space on Nov. 30.

Arshot Investment Corp., the building’s landlord, recently was issued a parking variance by the city of Columbus. Joe Sugar, general counsel for Arshot, said the sketch comedy and rockand-roll club, which got its start 21 years ago, will be a great addition to the area and a “real shot in the arm for the south side of downtown, especially during evening hours.” “They offer a great product that draws lots of lo yal fans,” he said. “We’re hoping to help expand that fan base by providing a larger perform-

ance space showcased in a unique, urban setting.” The b uilding contains roughly 48,000 square feet. Shadowbox’s new digs will include a 318-seat performance space, rehearsal area, offices, kitchen and café. It also opens up other entertainment possibilities, such as year-round musicals, movie nights and the return of local music nights. “We’re sort of spreading our wings as an ensemble,” said Katy Psenicka, general manager of Shadowbox. She said the company has simply outgrown its current location. She

praised Easton officials for making extensions on the lease without requiring another long-term commitment. Yet, the Shadowbox concept is more suited to the city, she said. “Art belongs in an urban setting,” she said. Shadowbox performed its first show in 1989 in a 40-seat space in the Buggyworks Building in what is now the Arena District. It incorporated three years later and moved to Spring Street in October 1994 to a freestanding building between Fifth and Sixth streets,

which seated 130 patrons. That building was destroyed by fire in March 1999, just months before the move to Easton. Known as Shadowbox Cabaret up until a few years ago, the group opened up a second troupe, 2Co’s Cabaret in the Short North, in 2000, but it closed in 2006. Psenicka said the troupe wanted to be in the space a year ago but financing issues held up the deal.

Concerts Holiday concert set for Dec. 11 The Heisey Wind Ensemble’s annual holiday concert, “Christmas at the Reese Center,” will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. The performance will be in the Reese Center’s John W. Alford Performing Arts Hall on the cam-

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bands at OSU in Columbus, will conduct the ensemble in what will be the group’s 100th concert. Among the selections will be “I Saw Three Ships,” arranged by Larry Kerchner; Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival,” John Rutter’s “Candlelight Carol,” and a favorite from last season, David Lovrien’s “Minor Alterations:

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in their 35-year career. Darcie Miner will open. Tickets are $58, $48, $38 and $28. Call (740) 345-5483, visit, or stop by the box office at 36 N. Park Place in Newark between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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Schedule a phone consultation and speak directly with the doctor. No charge!


2010 Winter Coloring Contest December 1–31, 2010

…when you K.I.S.S. Your Kids with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Department Stores! K.I.S.S. (Kohl’s Is Sold on Safety) is a seasonal safety program that features Coloring Contests and FREE fun Safety Activity Booklets. HOW TO ENTER: The winter coloring contest runs December 1 – 31, 2010. 1. Color in the picture and neatly fill out the entry form. 2. Take your picture/entry form to any central Ohio Kohl’s Department Store Customer Service Counter by December 31. 4. You will be given a participation ribbon and a free, fun Activity Booklet at the Customer Service Counter, while supplies last! 5. Entries will be judged in the month following the contest deadline. Prizes will be awarded to entries from each store. Nationwide Children’s Hospital will notify award-winners. PRIZES: First: $25 Kohl’s Gift Card and a Free Bike Helmet. Second: $10 Kohl’s Gift Card and a Free Bike Helmet. Third: a Free Bike Helmet. Helmets must be picked up at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and fitted for safety. HOW TO GET A FREE ACTIVITY BOOKLET WITHOUT ENTERING: Activity Booklets will be available to anyone (regardless of entering) at Kohl’s Customer Service Counters throughout 2010, as well as at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Close to HomeSM Centers, while supplies last!



Name of Artist: ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Age: _________

FOR MORE INFO: about safety, this contest, or to obtain an Activity Booklet in a foreign language translation, go to: or contact or call (614) 355-0679.

Parent or Guardian: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

City _________________________________________ State __________________________________________Zip Code _________________ Phone Number: ( ____ ) ____________________________

Email: ____________________________________________________________ ®

Disclaimer: All pictures become the property of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. We cannot be responsible for lost or illegible entry forms, so please write neatly!

Date_____________ Parent/Guardian Signature ____________________________________


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Home sales 16 Gilbert St, 43055, Bryan Johnstown 7550 Northridge Rd, 43031, Noe, $45,000. 179 Boyleston Ave, 43055, Angela M. King, $77,500. Wilbur E. Lane, $41,900.


Granville 132 Timber Creek Court East, 1442 Burg St, 43023, Alan M. 43001, David A. Rath and Sara Sachs and Jan M. Sachs, J. Rath, $442,000. $355,000. Newark 19 Samson Place, 43023, Anne 1418 Bristol Downs, 43055, F. Crowley, $175,000. Marily Taylor, Trustee, $136,200. Pataskala 1171 Conn Way Dr, 43055, 6576 Summit RdSW, 43062, Jeffrey B. Oer and Joanaw A. Oer, Jennifer M. Flauh, $125,000. $132,000. 4561 Linnville Rd, 43055, Check out recent home sales in Mary F. Padgett, $115,000. 584 Prior Ave, 43055, Richard other central Ohio neighborhoods at J. Seats, $45,000.

Denison University news Denison to host Wikipedia founder

Browning at (740) 587-6206 or visit

Jimmy Wales, founder of the collaborative, web-based encyclopedia Wikipedia, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at Denison University’s Swasey Chapel, 200 Chapel Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Wales, who was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of theYear” in 2006, also created the Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content. He also cofounded Wikia, a free web-hosting service that is privately owned. For more information, contact Marlaine

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Denison University’s Department of Dance will present the concert “Eat/Love/Dance” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 and 11, in the Theatre Arts Building’s Ace Morgan Theatre, 211 W. College St. The performance is free and open to the public. The concert features works by dance faculty member Stafford C. Berry Jr. and guest artists Julie Fox and Rachael Riggs-Leyva. For more information, call (740) 587-6712.

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