The Downtown Newark Association is preparing a cookbook to be published in spring 2009. Individuals may submit their favorite recipes and all downtown restaurants are invited to participate with a recipe of their choice.

The Downtown Newark Association is preparing a cookbook to be published in spring 2009. Individuals may submit their favorite recipes and all downtown restaurants are invited to participate with a recipe of their choice.

A special section will celebrate downtown Newark events such as Strawberries on the Square, the Jazz and Ribs Festival and the chili cook-off, but all types of recipes will be accepted.

Participants may drop off their recipes at the DNA booth during the Strawberries on the Square festival, or recipes may be mailed to P.O. Box 13, Newark 43058-0013. All proceeds from the project will benefit future downtown events.

The annual Independence Day concert and fireworks will be held Thursday, July 3, on the campus of Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College.

The Classic Brass will open the evening at 6 p.m., followed at 8 p.m. by the Heisey Wind Ensemble, conducted by Russel C. Mikkelson. Fireworks will begin at dusk.

All performances will be held in the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre. Several local vendors will offer food and beverages during the event. The fireworks will occur rain or shine; only extremely inclement weather will cause their delay or cancellation.

Both the concert and the fireworks are free. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics.

The annual program is funded by the Reese Family Foundation.

Two Licking County residents are among 96 Ohio high school students to win an Ohio State University Land Grant Opportunity Scholarship.

Allen Aston, a recent Northridge High School graduate, and Andrew Vine, a recent Johnstown-Monroe High School graduate, will be first-year students at OSU in the fall.

Scholarship recipients are leaders ranked near the top of their high school class.

Denison University alumni members have funded a professorship to honor emeritus professor of economics Richard Lucier, who taught at Denison from 1971 until his retirement in 2001.

The effort was initiated by George Milbourn, class of 1965, and Margaret McKenzie Milbourn, class of 1967, and their daughter, Jane Milbourn Neubauer, class of 1991, as part of Denison's Higher Ground fundraising campaign.

Within weeks, so many members of the alumni had jumped at the chance to recognize Lucier that what began as a faculty-support fund grew into a $1.5-million endowed professorship.

Eric Liebl, professor of biology and chairman of the biology department, has been appointed to a five-year term as the first holder of the Lucier Professorship. He joined the Denison faculty in 1994.

Lucier, who still lives in Granville, earned his bachelor's degree at Beloit College, his master's at Purdue University and his doctorate at Claremont Graduate School.