News from the Eastside

Farmers’ Market

The Reynoldsburg Farmers’ Market will be open for business from 3:30-6:30 p.m. every Thursday until Sept. 25 in Huber Park on Davidson Drive, just south of  Main Street. For information about becoming a vendor or other questions about the Reynoldsburg Farmers’ Market contact Nadine Morse, market manager at (614) 322-6832.  

JCC winter cruise

The JCC Travel Group is planning a Caribbean cruise on board the Emerald Princess for 10 days beginning Feb. 8, 2009.

The cruise will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and include ports of call at Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Thomas, and Princess Cay, Bahamas. Pricing starts at $970 for an inside cabin, $1,250 for an ocean view cabin, and $1,599 for a balcony cabin. Prices are per person, double occupancy, and include 10 nights on board the Emerald Princess, all cruise features on board the ship, and all meals and entertainment. For information, contact Tour Leader Peggy Kaplan at (614) 235-8813 or (614) 560-5652.

Rosary reunion

The Holy Rosary class of 1953 will hold its 55-year class reunion at the Jessing Center at the Josephinum on Sept. 7. For information call Mary Jane (Pumphrey) Ritter at (740) 929-2942.

Bexley Farmers’ Market

The Bexley Farmers’ Market will be open for business in front of Bexley City Hall on Saturdays through October. Hours are from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m.  Central Ohio farmers will be featuring a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and much more.  Aug. 16 will be the Farmers’ Market Festival, also from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., when Bexley food vendors and other businesses will have display tables with free food samples, coupons, and other information.  Loosely Strung will again be performing music at the Festival in front of City Hall.  For information, or to reserve a table for the Festival, contact the Bexley Development Department at 559-4255 or by e-mail at

Short term radon kits

The city of Bexley, in conjunction with the Franklin County Board of Health, has free, short term radon testing kits available for residents to check radon levels in their homes.

Radon is odorless, tasteless, and invisible, but it could be a problem in a home. Radon comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. According to to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, indoor radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and leading cause among non-smokers.

To pick up a free radon testing kit, visit the Bexley Muncipal Building, 2242 E. Main St., Monday through Friday during normal business hours. For information call the Franklin County Board of Health at (614) 462-3859 or visit

At the Bexley Library

•The Bexley Public Library will host the Bexley Historical Society’s tribute to the city’s "Centennial Celebration" exhibit with its display of photographs and artifacts recording Bexley’s early history and founding families. Items are from the Historical Society’s collection and the public is invited to submit additional photographs.

•Young people can "Catch the Reading Bug" during the summer with the library’s reading program. Prize incentives include stickers, temporary tattoos, free Johnston’s ice cream and roller-skating at United Skates of America. A colorful "buggy" picnic display encourages reading. Teens can select pool side reads from a wide collection of recently added young adult paperbacks. Also, area students can obtain copies of books on summer reading lists in the children’s and adult circulating areas. The library maintains lists from many local schools.

•For information call 231-9709.

Senior Tomato King & Queen being sought

Nominations for the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival Senior King and Queen titles are being accepted.  

The competition is open to all seniors, age 60 and older who reside in the city of Reynoldsburg.  Each entry should include a resume of 100 words or less about the nominee.  Entries also need to include the nominee’s name, address, telephone number, the name of the person nominating the candidate and the address and telephone number of the nominator.  Winners will be recognized at the Festival’s opening ceremony on Sept. 3 at 6p.m.  

Entries should be mailed to Tiffany Adams, Sr. King and Queen Chair, 6850 Laird Avenue, Reynoldsburg, OH  43068 and be postmarked by Aug. 15. For information contact the Tomato Festival at (614) 866-2861 or email or download an application at our website at

Princess pageant candidates

The Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival Little Princess Pageant is open to all girls enrolled in the second grade for the 2008-09 school year living in the Reynoldsburg School District.  

The pageant is Sept 3 at 7 p.m. on the stage. Nominations for Little Princess can be made by mailing the girls name, age, address, phone number, school of enrollment and parent(s) or guardian’s name(s) or downloading an application from the website and sending the information to Tiffany Adams, Little Princess Chair, 6850 Laird Avenue,  Reynoldsburg, OH  43068.  Entries must be mailed and postmarked by Aug. 22 to be eligible.  For information contact the Tomato Festival at 614-866-2861, email or go to the Festival’s website at

Briggs class of 1993

Briggs High School Class of 1993 is looking for former classmates for the 15-year reunion. The reunion is in the planning phase and those involved would welcome anyone interested in helping out.  The plan is to have the event sometime in the latter part of October, 2008.  Interested alumni can contact Mark Clanin at or call Michael Crist at 274-9692. Leave contact information and note if you can help.

Picktown Smack Down

On Sept. 14, a "Picktown Smack Down" challenge will be held at Pickerington’s Victory Park at 1 p.m. The event will include fan car bash, dunk tank, trivia contest, best dressed fan and more. The challenge will answer the age old question.. "Who has the best fans – the Cleveland Browns or the Pittsburgh Steelers?" Proceeds from the event will fund Pickerington Kiwanis support of Pickerington Central, Pickerington North, and Bloom-Carroll Key Clubs, and other community based programs including local non-profit organizations that benefit children.

Education news

•The following Eastside area students were named to the dean’s list at Ohio University-Lancaster and Ohio University – Pickerington for spring quarter:

Blacklick – Luke Patterson;

Pickerington – Deborah Allen, Raquel Alvarez, Cynthia Beneze, Gabrielle Brobst, Ainsley Brougher, Carrie Brown, Stacey Contakis, Karen-Alva Cotton, Christopher Dodd, Blake Elliott, Kaitlin Fuller,  Andrea Jackson, Lisa Johnson, Ashley Kessler,

Brittany Lash, Chris Layton, Joyce Lee, Kevin Leers, Kenneth Lepore, Stephanie Lepore, Troy Martin, Rachel Mathews, Kara Miller, Samantha Payne, Thomas Peterson, Emily Rittgers, Katherine Shaver, Lauren Shiman,  Abbie Thomas, Candice Turnbull, Carolyn Turpening,                                                                             Ashley Uhrig, Britni VanBuskirk, Nicole Wilber;

Reynoldsburg – Lauren Albrecht, Stephanie Beougher, Jacklyn Case, Abby Dandurand, Christopher DeBoer, Jonathan Mandabach, Brenda Myers, Joseph Osborn,  Robin  Ribbans, Walter Sias, Ashley Webb.

Marschner accepted

Rachel Marschner, 15, of Bexley has been accepted and will attend Interlochen Arts Camp, the world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring artists grades 3-12. Marschner is one of the 25 selected to study musical theatre production at the intermediate level (grades 6-9) at the camp. They will be performing the musical adaptation of Kipling’s, "Just So Stories." She is cast as "Pau Amma." Interlochen Arts Camp attracts students, faculty and staff from all 50 U.S. states and more than 40 countries.

Food pantry reorganizes

The PCMA Food Pantry of Pickerington is the new name of the reorganized food pantry for the Pickerington area.

The Pickerington Christian Ministerial Association (PCMA) and other concerned citizens organized the food pantry in the early 1990s.  After several months of study the Food Pantry and the PCMA are strengthening their ties to one another in an effort to expand and better serve the community.  

Kathy Vogt became the new director in July and the new phone number is (614) 284-1205. The web address is now   Hours of operation remain Monday from 7-8 p.m. and Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m. – noon.  

The PCMA Food Pantry serves families located within the boundary of the Pickerington Local School District, providing canned and dried foods, meat and personal items for those in need. The food pantry is located on the lower level of the Pickerington Historical Society (former Carnegie Library) on Columbus Street.  Anyone interested in volunteering or contributing to this ministry, can contact the director Kathy Vogt.

Pickerington Garden Club

Eight members of the Pickerington Garden Club received awards at the annual Four Seasons, Marabar Heights, and Pickerington garden clubs flower show held June 28-29 at the Reynoldsburg Senior Center.

First and second place horticulture awards went to Kay Tibbs, Mary Carter, and Kathe Lilley. Third place horticulture ribbons were won by Kay Tibbs, Betty Geoghegan, and Kathe Lilley. Kathe Lilley also won several fourth place awards.

First and second place artistic awards were awarded to Kay Tibbs, Marilyn Elliott, and Beverly Zurhorst. June Mohler and Anna Weber won second place artistic awards. Marilyn Elliott, Kay Tibbs, and Kathe Lilley won third place artisitic awards and Marilyn Elliott, Kathe Lilley, Betty Geohegan, Kay Tibbs, Anna Weber, and June Mohler won fourth place ribbons.

Local seaman basic training

Navy Seaman Recruit William D. McKinley, son of Barb G. and Bill D. McKinley of Canal Winchester, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. McKinley is a 2005 graduate of Pickerington Central High School.

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