LMHS receives Modern
Healthcare recognition

Licking Memorial Health Systems recently was named to Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Health Care for the fourth time in a listing of the nation’s top 150 health-care-related employers.

The list was released after health-care employers and employees responded to survey questions regarding key measures that are based on the eight core areas of leadership and planning, corporate culture and communications, role satisfaction, work environment, relationship with supervisors, training, development and resources, pay and benefits, and overall engagement.

LMHS also recently received the Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care award this spring.

For details, visit lmhealth.org.

Welsh High School to offer
writers workshop

Welsh Hills School will offer Writing Tween the Lines, a young-writers workshop, with guest writer Sarah O’Donnell from 9 a.m. to noon June 19-23 at Welsh Hills, 2610 Newark-Granville Road, Granville.

The workshop is designed for grades 6-9 who seek to enhance their writing skills by exploring various writing techniques and learning the structure of different genres. Students will learn about workshopping etiquette, such story basics as setting the scene and how to improve their writing through constructive feedback.

Individual emphasis will be on fiction, nonfiction, poetry and free writing throughout the week to allow students the opportunity to discover which forms of expression fit them best.

O'Donnell is a 2016 graduate of Denison University with a bachelor's degree in creative writing and environmental studies. At Denison, O'Donnell was an assistant at the Beck Lecture Series, a reading series known for bringing well-known authors to campus, including Philip Levine and Angela Pelster.

Cost is $200 for the week.

For information or to register, visit www.welshhills.org or call 740-522-2020.

Midland Theatre to offer
summer activities for children

The Midland Theatre, 36 N Park Place, Newark, will offer opportunities for children to experience arts with a magic camp June 19-23, performances of “Cinderella” July 17-22 and a theater workshop July 18-19.

The Magic Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 8-10 and 2 to 5 p.m. for ages 11-17. At the camp, Kevin Spencer will teach campers how to perform tricks with everyday objects, combining learning tricks with storytelling, music, theater and creative movement.

Students will perform tricks with ropes, cards, rubber bands, paperclips, money and a big illusion.

Cost is $125 for annual fund members and $150 for others. Tickets for the public performance at 7 p.m. June 23 are $10 per person.

Theater workshops will include Behind the Scenes at 9 a.m. July 18 for grades K-2 and 9 a.m. July 19 for grades 3-5 and Let’s Make Up at 10 a.m. July 18 for grades K-2 and 10 a.m. July 19 for grades 3-5. Behind the Scenes will explain how the process of role play helps to increase communication skills and teaches constructive group. Let’s Make Up will demonstrate corrective, character and special-effects makeup for the theater.

Performances of Missoula Children’s Theatre’s “Cinderella” will be at 3 and 7 p.m. July 23. Tickets cost $8-$13.

Auditions for “Cinderella” will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. July 17 at the Midland Theatre. Registration will begin at 3 p.m. Some cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately after the audition. About 50 to 60 roles are available for local students.

Grades 1-12 are encouraged to audition. No advanced preparation is needed. Most students will rehearse 4 1/2 hours each day from 12:30 to 5 p.m. July 18-21. Students must attend all rehearsals and performances.

To register, email eventcoordinator@midlandtheatre.org or call 740-349-9218, ext. 8.

For more information, call 740-345-5483.

The Works volunteers
receive service award

The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology recently honored its volunteers with 2016 President’s Volunteer Service Awards during a recognition dinner and awards ceremony.

The award recipients were Mary Eikelberry and Rita Squires, bronze, 100-249 volunteer hours; Mike Gray and Harvey Tung, silver, 250-499 hours; and Frances Preston, William Snider and Deb Tung, gold, 500 hours or more.

The Works Cumulative Service Achievement Award recipients include Rick Reinhard,100 cumulative hours; Eliza Dove, Travis Montgomery and Vicki Moon Spiegel, 250 cumulative hours; Eikelberry and Deb Tung, 500 cumulative hours; and Harvey Tung, 1,000 cumulative hours.

For details, call 740-349- 9277. 

Licking Memorial adds
hospitalist, physician

Licking Memorial Health Systems recently announced the addition of hospitalist Gabrielle Farkas to the hospital staff.

Hospitalists are internal-medicine physicians who specialize in caring for acutely ill hospitalized patients. The hospitalist also coordinates care with the patient’s primary-care physician.

Farkas received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri, and completed an internship and internal-medicine residency at Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe.

Licking Memorial Family Practices recently added physician Kurt Palazzo to its primary-care staff in the new Gerald K. McClain Building, 20 W. Locust St., Newark.

Palazzo received his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine; completed a three-year residency in family practice at Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia; and has been a family physician for 20 years.

Health Department awarded
mosquito-control grant

The Licking County Health Department recently was awarded a one-year mosquito-control grant by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The grant allows LCHD to continue protecting residents from such mosquito-borne illnesses as West Nile virus.

LCHD plans to use the grant funds toward mosquito surveillance and control, including GPS mapping units, adult mosquito control, community outreach and education and seasonal employees. The 2017 mosquito season is considered May through September. 

Granville students qualify
for State Envirothon

The Granville Blue Envirothon team recently qualified for the State Envirothon Competition, held June 11-13 at Ohio Christian University, after placing first out of 39 teams at the Area 3 Envirothon held April 26.

The team includes students Nathaniel Carlson, Jonny Lukins, Dustin Braden, Wesley Smith and Jack Beckerley; and is coached by Granville High School teacher Jim Reding.

Reding also coached the Granville White team, which placed eighth in the Area 3 competition. The White team includes Jason Reding, Logan Smith, Lance Van Ostran, Evan Noth and Andy Hoben.

Teams study ecology and environmental science, and classes cover Envirothon information including soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology and current environmental issues. Students research issues independently and meet regularly to review Envirothon content knowledge.

For details, call 740-670-5330 or email choddarmfelt@lickingswcd.com.

LMHS to offer youth
mini-triathlon June 10

Licking Memorial Health Systems and the city of Pataskala will offer the Active-Fit Mini-Triathlon for ages 6-12 at 9 a.m. June 10 at Municipal Park, South Township Road, Pataskala.

The mini-triathlon will include a bike ride, a 1K run and a one-lap swim. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Bike helmets are mandatory. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Registration begins at 8 a.m. To register, call 220-564-1560.

Jail Break run/walk
slated June 10

The Licking County Jail Break 2017 5K Run/Walk will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 10 at the Licking County Historic Jail, 46 S. Third St., Newark.

The race will begin at the jail and continue throughout the downtown landscape. The Licking County Governmental Preservation Society is organizing the race as part of its ongoing awareness and fundraising efforts to support the jail.

Participants will receive a free tour of the jail, and runners will receive a free race T-shirt. Registered walkers and runners who want an additional T-shirt may purchase one for $15 during registration.

This professionally timed event will have awards given out to males and females by age divisions of 18 and younger, 19-35, 36-50, 51-65 and 66 and older.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the restoration of the jail. Registration cost is $30 in advance and $35 on race day. Participants interested in the 1-mile walk pay $10.

For details or to register, visit racepenguin.com/event/jailbreak.