Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Yesterday I stopped by Licking Memorial Hospital after an early morning appointment. While walking through the entrance, I stopped to reread a plague at the entrance to the "Betsy Eaton O'Neill Health Resource Center". Opened to the public, the resource center was created to support and educate patients, family members and friends of patients. The O'Neill Family was very generous making the center possible. The center is staffed full time by knowledgeable volunteers.
NOW, my reason for visiting Licking Memorial Hospital was to stop for a Dobio Espresso. At the entrance to the Resource Center is the best coffee shop in West Newark. It is well worth the extra steps to park in the parking lot to purchase and enjoy Starbucks Coffee and one of the high end quality pastries. Every time I have stopped, there are quest in the Resource Center and a small line at the coffee shop's counter.

Another good move to make if you have time: purchase your coffee on the main floor and then proceed to the cafeteria for a piece of delicious pie.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Moving furniture around for placement of our Christmas Tree is not fun. There are always furniture impressions in the carpet and in a visible spot. Vacuuming will not fluff the spot, I remember reading a magazine about using a fork to lightly scrap the impression. It worked.

My next problem: January 1, I will not have the impressions to know where the furniture exactly needs to be placed after the tree is packed away. Should have taken a photo first.
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Licking County Court House

Santa came this evening to help all the children light the Licking County Court House for Christmas. Chilly, but a fun evening.
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Thursday, November 25, 2010


A bunch of years ago I remembered on a Christmas afternoon a residential fire started by a turkey fryers. During this past week I have been in Walmart & Meijers, noticing turkey fryers on sale along with the large containers of peanut oil. I just hope everyone goes through a practice run before actually cooking their dinner.

The Heath, Ohio Christmas Day fire was started by a turkey fryer on the patio, a light snow was falling just enough to over boil the fryer when the lid was open. Two thirds of the home was destroyed. Be careful and enjoy your turkey.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Eve Celebration

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Change St. Rt. 16 & St. Rt. 37 to St. Rt. 161

Late this afternoon, I attended a meeting hosted by ODOT to explain their reasoning for choosing Alternative #5 for the future St. Rt. 16 & Cherry Valley Road interchange between Newark, Ohio and Granville, Ohio. First of all I was very impressed on how many ODOT employees were present in the entry OSU-Newark's Reese Center lined with large project maps . No less than a dozen times did someone come up to me to ask if I had questions or if I needed an explanation of the project.

The hard part is a strong fact: this will not be constructed for many years to come. But at least the drawings are complete, the properties identified for land acquisition and people know what is going to take place.

I am a proponent of roundabout intersections because of their safety features. It is to shame the interchange will not be constructed immediately. The use of roundabouts for this project would show how effective they are for intersections and perhaps set an example on more roundabouts in the cities, villages and other areas of the county to be constructed.

If ODOT would like to place some icing on the cake, the entire highway from 270 in Franklin County, through Licking County and further east should be re-numbered as St. Rt. 161. How simple would it be to give directions for someone coming from the west to Licking County or for our 911 Center to identify addresses for emergencies. We need to work on this and say goodbye to a confusing mess.

Click here to read Rick Platt's comments posted this past March.

Monday, November 22, 2010


Saturday's Newark Advocate always has an editorial "Pluses & Minuses" every week. Saturday's had a very good plus for all of us to remember during the start of the Holiday shopping season:

Plus: With the holiday season upon us, it's worth a reminder to all to shop in Licking County whenever possible. We know the allure of easy online shopping or a special trip to Columbus can be tempting, but it's important to remember that every dollar you spend locally ends up in the bank account of an employee who then might shop at your company or business. These transactions in turn create local tax revenue, which supports our communities and provides for a better place for all of us to live and shop. With the growth of the retail outlets in Licking County, there's plenty of places to find nice gifts right here at home.

Please keep this in mind, click here to read the entire editorial.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


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Friday, November 19, 2010


Last week I reported on the 11/11 Corduroy Event with the 11/11 date most resembling corduroy, I was not sure if it was a internet spoof or not. Sunday morning watching the CBS News prior to a commercial break, "next an unusual club meeting once a year will be next" I did not think much about it. But sure enough after the break appeared the Corduroy Club. There guest speaker was PUT THIS ON.

Click here to check out Put This On.

Click here to view my 11/11 post.

Monday, November 15, 2010

REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month.

REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month.

This is for home phones also. REMINDER..... all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls..... YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS

To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222.

It is the National DO NOT CALL list It will only take a minute of your time.. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone or home phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.

HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON .. It takes about 20 seconds.

Thank you to Dick Bixler for passing this along.

Friday, November 12, 2010

OSU-N Cafeteria

This not what your father's college cafeteria looked like! Bean Counter (coffee), The Melt (deli + soup), The Globe (blue plate specials), The Patty (burgers, dogs,fries + breakfast), The Pie (open oven pizza). Open to the public.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010


The Corduroy Appreciation Club is a social club which wishes to cultivate good fellowship by the advancement of Corduroy awareness, understanding, celebration and commemoration of the fabric and all related items. Club events are held on dates which resemble Corduroy.
Meetings of the CAC occur only on dates which resemble Corduroy. January 11th, or 111 is the first meeting date of the year and is followed by November 11th, 1111, the date which most closely resemble Corduroy. Members must wear at least two items of Corduroy at meetings.

Monday, November 8, 2010


My mother was very strict about a couple of things, saying Thank You, your Welcome and wearing a shirt with a collar when going out. Two very important words in today's society that we don't hear as often as we should.

8:30 Sunday morning, the first person I spoke to was while paying at the McDonalds drive up pay window, the young lady made me feel good with a thank you, then a short drive to the pick up window with next young lady offering me a thank you, once again.

Friday night I tended bar for my good friends of the Newark, Ohio Fire Department at the Firefighter's Ball (17.5 cases of beer) and then last night tending bar once again at the Licking County Chamber's Brew & Wine Fest (could not count the bottles of wine & cases of beer served, only have 20 digits to work with).

Both evenings there was a tip jar at the bar (firefighters do not use a jar, it is a fire boot), tips were always given by customers with all the additional funds given back to the organization. I wonder if a part of the generous tips was because of saying "Thank You" time after time.

To all my readers, if you are not in the habit, get into one. This will make your day better, your business better and my mother happy.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Yesterday was one highlight of this year for me, I sat through a two hour course given by Sean Carpenter and then was able to spend a hour or so of one on one time with him. Sean was a featured speaker twice yesterday at the Licking County Board of Realtors' Mini Convention.

Who is Sean Carpenter and what is so important about him? Sean is the training director for Coldwell Banker King Thompson, a full time job, not an agent or broker dabbling in training, but an experience trainer. (Click here to listen to Sean for 3 minutes and you will find out why!) Sean has become a noted speaker, not just in Ohio, but throughout the nation. He is the best recruiting tool NRT, Reology & Coldwell Banker has in their arsenal. His positive attitude and his ability to make you feel like you are the only one in the room is unbelievable. Yesterday's Social Media class was of excellent caliber and a learning experience for everyone in the room.

Sean's description of how to find success:
Steve Layman posted today comments about Sean's ability, this gives you an example of what a non-Coldwell Banker broker thinks. (Click here for Steve's comments.)
He is the closest thing I have as a coach, listing to his webinars, taking every opportunity I have to talk to him. He holds a dominate place with effecting my sales performance, I wish I could be a coach to others, teach, help & motivate and be respected like Sean Carpetner.
After death and when I come back, I know who I want to come back as-Sean.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Scan and you will have all the information on me. Scan and you will be taken directly to www.allaboutlickingcounty.com

For the past three months, I have read several different blogs and in my industry's publications about QR Codes. Most of what I found has been connected with their large use in Japan and Europe. Well with ten minutes here and an hour there over the past months, I have been able to figure out why I needed a QR Code and good business uses.
If you go to Best Buy or look closely at choice magazine ads you will find the little fuzzy square.
If you do not have a scanner on your PDA, download one for free named ScanLife. Take a photo of the above codes and see what information you receive.