By Sandi Latimer
Grandpa used to say “Don’t take any wooden nickels,” but now in Jackson Township, taking wooden nickels can be a good thing.
The township has kicked off its bicentennial celebration with a wooden nickel promotion.
The inch-and-a-half tokens that call attention to the celebration are available throughout the township. When presented at merchants displaying a “Business Partner” emblem on their door, the wooden nickels signify a discount on the purchase of products or services, said Township Administrator Mike Lilly.
“The wooden nickel will also be available on the township’s website and people can download it onto their phones,” Lilly added.
That website is www.jacksontwp.org.
That is just one of the many activities for the bicentennial celebration that will wrap up in October with a Safety Day at the main fire station on Hoover Road and a Touch-a-Truck activity targeted toward children.
“Kids love trucks,” Lilly said.
What kind of vehicles will be on display depend on how many he can obtain while still offering plenty of parking spaces, he said. He asked for cooperation from both the community and fire department to help put such a program together.
Township officials are trying to work out a date that trustees can go to the Statehouse in downtown Columbus where Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) will recognize the township with a resolution that will be read on the floor during a meeting of the House of Representatives.
Lilly is also looking for former trustees, clerks, and fire chiefs to recognize them at a special day. Fire Chief Rick Dawson suggested he might want to recognize the oldest resident.
The township was created March 6, 1815, when it broke away from Pleasant Township and formed its own government.