The Licking County Aging Program will host a grand opening of its newest dining center at Water's Edge, 4852 Walnut Road SE, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22.

Pure Country 4-H
elects new officers
The Pure Country 4-H Club recently elected its 2011-2012 officers.

They are Ashley Beyer, president; Megan Schulze, vice president; Hannah Vicroy, secretary; Ryan Curran, health and safety officer; Madison Schulze, news reporter and historian; Reagan Behne, recreation officer; Ryan Beyer, snacks officer; and Olivia Curran, birthday celebrations officer.

The club will meet today (Sunday, June 26), when members will work on project books and enjoy a potluck lunch.

The club is planning a food drive for the week of June 26. Collected items will be donated to the Johnstown food pantry. Donations are being accepted. Call 967-0629.
- Madison Schulze


Veterans Hall of Fame
nominations due soon
The deadline to submit nominations for the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame is Thursday, June 30.

The Hall is dedicated to recognizing Ohio veterans who put their skills and abilities to use in their local communities, inspiring their fellow citizens.

Honorees in the past 17 years have included astronauts, government officials, police officers, community leaders and veteran advocates.

Approximately 20 inductees are selected for the Hall of Fame each year. They are recognized in a permanent display on the second floor of the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus.

More information, including nomination guidelines and forms, is available online at http://dvs.ohio.gov/veterans_hall_of_fame.aspx.

Kayakers, spectators
have fun, raise funds
Kayak enthusiasts can have some fun, engage in competitions, and help support the Mid-Ohio Foodbank's Operation Feed, with "Kayaktastic," set for Saturday, July 23, at Leatherlips Yacht Club.

The club is at 9230 Shawnee Trail in Shawnee Hills, across the river from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The event will include a triangle race with an obstacle course, followed by a sprint race. Kick-off is at 10 a.m. Awards will go to both male and female racers at noon.

Registration for kayakers is $20 each and will begin at 9 a.m. Participants will receive goodie bags and free food. All proceeds will benefit Operation Feed.

Spectators can cheer on the kayakers while enjoying to live music. Food vendors will ply their goods.

More information is available from Bruce Cameron at 614-437-9859 or bruce@frontlinemarketing.org; or Joan Lloyd at 614-317-9410 or jlloyd@midohiofoodbank.org.


Chamber seeking
award nominees
The Licking County Chamber of Commerce will host its eighth annual dinner and awards celebration Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Newark Elks Lodge.

Several awards will be given: Business of the year (three categories based on size of business), nonprofit of the year and employee of the year.

The chamber is accepting award nominees through Friday, June 24.

To obtain a nomination form, email jmcdonald@lickingcountychamber.com or call (740) 345-9757.

'Pet-a-Palooza'
set for Sept. 3
The Licking County Humane Society is seeking participants for Pet-a-Palooza 2011.

This family event is scheduled for Sept. 3 at Wildwood Park in Granville. Activities will include a 5K run/fun walk in the morning and a pet expo in the afternoon.

All proceeds from the event will benefit LCHS.

Interested vendors my call LCHS at 323-2100 to request a registration form. Forms may also be obtained online at lchspets.org. Vendor registration is $75 and may be sent to LCHS, 548 Dog Leg Road, Heath OH 43056.

Interested 5K participants may register online at www.premierraces.com. The first 100 registrants will receive a free tech shirt.

For more information, call 323-2100.

Firecracker Five
set for July 4
Registration is under way for the annual Granville Firecracker Five race, to be held this year on Monday, July 4.

Participants can choose between a five-mile race or a 3.1-mile walk.

The wheelchair division begins at 8:10 a.m., and runners and walkers start at 8:15 a.m.

The entry fee is $30. Those who register in advance will receive a hi-tech shirt. Registration also will be available on race day starting at 6:30 a.m. at the Denison University field house.

The 38th annual Firecracker Five, according to race organizers the oldest continuously run foot race in central Ohio, is a major fundraiser for the Granville Rotary. Proceeds support its scholarship and exchange student programs and other local projects.

Online registration is available at www.premierraces.com, or a registration form may be downloaded from the Granville Rotary website, www.granvillerotary.org.

For more information about the race, call race chairman Don Kundrat at (740) 587-7939. For information about Granville Rotary, call incoming Rotary president Doug Helman at (740) 587-2840.

Granville youth visit
Children's Congress
Two Granville siblings are among about 150 children representing their states on Capitol Hill this month to urge lawmakers to help find better treatments and a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Julia Lerner, 14, and her brother, Maxwell, 10, are delegates representing Ohio in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Children's Congress.

The event is held every other summer and will be led by JDRF's international chairwoman, Mary Tyler Moore. Child delegates will visit Congress and attend a Senate hearing. The theme of the event is "Promise to Remember Me."

Julia and Maxwell were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 4 years and 18 months, respectively.

The Lerner family is active in the local JDRF chapter and participates in the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Church to lead
'Odyssey to Oxford'
St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Granville will sponsor a group of "community songsters" who will visit and sing in England Aug. 5-15, 2012.

Scott Hayes, St. Luke's organist and choirmaster, will provide details about the trip at 5 p.m. today at the church, 107 E. Broadway.

The Royal School of Church Music provides the framework for the Choristers Program, which offers traveling groups the opportunity to sing in historic Oxford Cathedral. Hayes will discuss the program and the church-sponsored trip, "Odyssey to Oxford." St. Luke's singers will offer a demonstration and tea and homemade scones will be served "in anticipation of similar goodies that will be sampled in England," according to a news release from St. Luke's.

For more information, visit www.stlukesinoxford.com.

Master gardening
event planned at OSU
The Franklin County Master Gardener Vegetable Outreach, Education and Research Project will host its next garden event from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at the Waterman Agriculture and Natural Resources Laboratory, 2490 Carmack Road.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Annette at (614) 529-9773.

College
Kimberly Hosley of Johnstown was a candidate for May 2011 graduation at Bowling Green State University. She earned a bachelor of science degree in communications disorders, cum laude. Hosley was also named to the spring 2011 dean's list. To be eligible for the list, students must earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average. Colleen Higgins of Johnstown was named to the spring 2011 dean's list at Tiffin University. Central Ohio Technical College has announced its winter quarter 2011 president's list. Ann-Marie Markham of Alexandria and Kylie Barnhard of Johnstown were named to the list. To be eligible for the list, students must achieve a 4.0 GPA.