The Licking County chapter of People First will host a Spring Fling dance and fundraiser from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8, at the Eleanor S. Weiant Center, 116 N. 22nd St., Newark.

County's 'People First'

to hold dance April 8

The Licking County chapter of People First will host a Spring Fling dance and fundraiser from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8, at the Eleanor S. Weiant Center, 116 N. 22nd St., Newark.

Tickets are $5 per person in advance or $7 at the door. Music will be provided by the local band, Black Horse. A raffle, a silent auction, a photo booth and refreshments are planned.

All proceeds will benefit People First, a self-advocacy organization sponsored by the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

People First members are seeking donations from the community to help make this event successful.

To sponsor the dance or to make door prize donations, call Diana Shannon.

Food items such as hot dogs, buns, drinks, snacks and paper products also are sought.

For tickets, to arrange for transportation or to donate, call (740) 349-1420. Tickets also may be purchased from any People First member.

LCAP board

adds members

The Licking County Aging Program has added three new members to its board of directors.

Holly Slaughter and Chris Hiner of Newark and Richard Ramseyer of Utica join board president Tom Myers, vice president Marti Hartz, secretary Charles Williams, treasurer Charlotte Blade and members Jesse Ours, Bruce Baird, Tim Cooper, Charles Cooperrider, Sandy Crane, Nell Duffy, Nasie Gallagher, Lauren Gould, Warren Parsons, Stephanie Shonebarger and Bob Tharp.

The LCAAP board oversees the operation and management of the senior services agency.

Event celebrates

cancer survivors

SASS for Breast Cancer, a Horizon of Hope program, will host its annual lunch at noon on Thursday, March 10 at the Gran-ville Inn.

"Spring into Pink" will celebrate local cancer survivors, their supporters and everyone who works to prevent and educate others about the disease.

The featured speaker will be Tami Longaberger, chief executive officer and chairman of The Longaberger Company.

Tickets to the lunch are $10 for cancer survivors and $20 for supporters. All proceeds benefit local breast cancer education and prevention efforts.

To register and purchase tickets, contact SASS for Breast Cancer at (740) 349-6497 or

Horizon of Hope is a fundraising and educational campaign to support breast cancer initiatives of the American Cancer Society.

Founded in 1995, the program is supported by Longaberger Home Consultants, employees and customers, who have raised more than $14-million for research and education.

Spring into Pink sponsors include Licking Memorial Health Systems, Public Health Partnership Inc. and Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Columbus affiliate.

Human services

topic of program

Central Ohio Technical College will hold a human services career information session from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 at COTC's Pataskala campus.

The event is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about COTC's two-year program to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.).

The Pataskala campus is at 8660 E. Broad St., Reynoldsburg.

For more information or to register, call (740) 366-9222.

Relay kickoff

set for March 20

The Pataskala Relay For Life will host its 2011 Kick-Off and Cake Auction from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, at Watkins Middle School. The auction will be held at 3 p.m. Community members are invited to bid on and buy cakes baked and donated by volunteers and local businesses.

Anyone interested in forming a team, joining an existing team or learning more about American Cancer Society services is encouraged to attend the event.

The theme of the 2011 relay is "Celebrate more birthdays." The relay's fundraising goal for 2011 is $40,000.

The Relay For Life will be on July 15 and 16. For information, call (614) 571-1591 or visit www.

Pataskala plans Civil War

commemoration programs

Pataskala mayor Steve Butcher has announced that Civil War re-enactors will hold Memorial Day services with the West Licking Ministerial Association, the Boy Scouts and the city at the Pataskala cemetery.

The service will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, May 30.

After the program, the re-enactors will march to Main Street Veterans Memorial for a 10 a.m. program. Following that service, a reception will be held at the Mead Needham Museum, where military memorabilia will be displayed.

Memorial bricks are still available for sponsorship at the Veterans Memorial. A 6-inch by 8-inch brick with an engraved name is $75 if purchased by a veteran. A family will pay $100; a business will pay $250. Forms are available at the Pataskala Chamber of Commerce office, at the Veterans Memorial or online at Brick sales will help to maintain and improve the Veterans Memorial site.

Event to focus on

Palestinian plight

Isis Nusair, an assistant professor of women's studies at Denison University, will read from her book, "Displaced at Home: Ethnicity and Gender among Palestinians in Israel," at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 in room 201, Knapp Hall, 300 Ridge Road.

The program is free and open to the public.

For additional information, call (740) 587-6297 or visit

Licking Heights DECA

students qualify for state

Members of Licking Heights High School's DECA program earned 14 students 10 first-place awards in district competition.

A total of 26 students qualified for state competition.

According to information from the school, first-place winners and their categories include Farhiya Abdi, Principles of Marketing; Sara Goff, Hotel and Lodging Management; Gabrielle Palombaro, Marketing Management; Hope Gunn, Quick Serve Restaurant; Alyssa Antauer and Cassidy Cochrum, Hospitality Services Management Team; Jordan Dewhurst and Dalton Golden, Marketing Communications Management Team; Alisa Malone and Marqus Smith, Sports and Entertainment Management Team; Kristin Abarra and Katie Kenny, Travel and Tourism Management Team; Vlade Necovski, Advertising Campaign; and Tenny Adebayo, Professional Selling.

Students who earned second place include Maddy Zarley, Food Marketing; Amber Alvarez, Marketing Management; Kailee Stevens, Restaurant and Food Service Marketing; Cherise Hood, Quick Serve Restaurant Marketing; Sebrina Herndon and Mallory Masoni, Hospitality Services Management Team; Elena Kasapovska and DaNisha Mitchell, Advertising Campaign; and Drew Selitto and Jovana Vladicic, Buying and Merchandising Management Team;

Third-place winners were Megan DeMars and Myra Marcum, Hospitality Services Management Team; Marylee Dunbar and Seth Starr, Marketing Communications Management Team; Tricia Nagy and Sierra Page and Mercedesz Mate and Kahley Weekley, Sports and Entertainment Management Team; Jessica Alexander and Kaity Perfect, Travel and Tourism Management Team; and Egor Abramovskikh and Sebrina Herndon, Buying and Merchandising Management Team.

Steve Clum and Scott Macdonald earned fourth place in Buying and Merchandising Management Team; Diamond Lipkins earned fifth place in Quick Serve Restaurant Marketing; and Kori Charles and Samantha Hook earned fifth place in Travel and Tourism Management Team.

STEMfest! winners

are announced

STEMfest!, held recently at The Works: Center for History, Art & Technology, drew more than 400 people of all ages to the Newark facility, where they participated in hands-on science, engineering and math activities.

Middle- and high-school teams competed in two problem-solving "industry challenges."

Jobes Henderson & Associates, with support from the Licking County Engineers Office and the Ohio University civil engineering department posed a toothpick bridge challenge; Owens Corning posed a home energy challenge.

Each team presented its challenge answers to a three-judge panel and a room full of spectators.

Awards were presented to the following teams:

Toothpick bridge challenge, middle-school division: Hillary Hedstrom and Emma Hock of Watkins Middle school.

Toothpick bridge challenge, high-school division: Miles Cooper, Paul Ewing, Edward Flynn, Casealia Langton, of C-TEC of Licking County.

Home Energy Challenge: Justin Brown, Cody Crockett and Emily Freese, of C-TEC.

For more information about The Works, visit