December 30, 2009


The Guanciale Group just listed 7 residential building lots in the restricted Stonesthrow Community. Lots are valued between $75,000 & $115,000 anywhere from 1.7(est) acres to 2.5 (est). Call 740.403.6444 for more information. Northridge School District.

November 13, 2009

November 6, 2009

Week 2, Friday morning...

WC Buildings and Linn Concrete at the house first thing this morning, 7:30am, with concrete truck and 8 man crew. Cupola will go on after final inspection. Jill and I have been very impressed with the dedication of WC Buildings throughout this entire process.

October 19, 2009

Ohio offering college grads homebuying help!!!!

Ohio is seeking to keep more natives in the Buckeye State after college with a new program that lightens the load for home-buying graduates.

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency on Monday opened up the Grants for Grads program, an initiative that gives any graduate of an Ohio high school a 2.5 percent break on the purchase price of a home within 18 months of graduating from college. Grads don’t receive the full benefit of the break, which helps with down-payment and closing costs, unless they stay in the house for at least five years.

The program got a final legislative OK as a part of the two-year budget Gov. Ted Strickland signed in July. Erin Biehl, a spokeswoman for the agency, said $1 million initially has been set aside for the program but officials hope it will eventually become self-sustaining.

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October 9, 2009


Here is the recent and all-time history between Ohio State and Wisconsin, and a few other tidbits:

Ohio State leads the all-time head-to-head series (52-17-5).• Ohio State is 12-7-1 vs. Wisconsin in the last 20 meetings (dating back to 1985).

The last Ohio State loss at home to Wisconsin was in 2004 by a score of 24-13 (That year, Wisconsin was 9-3 and Ohio State was 8-4).

Jim Tressel is 3-3 (1-2 at home) vs. Wisconsin, outscoring them 117-109, or an average game score of 20-18.

Ohio State is currently 4-1 and their 2009 opponents have all been FBS teams with a combined W/L record of 14-10.•

Wisconsin is 5-0 and their 2009 opponents include one FCS opponent and four FBS opponents with a combined W/L record of 10-14.

Ohio State is 4-1 and their 2009 opponents have all been FBS teams with a combined W/L record of 14-10• Bret Bielema is 0-2 vs. Ohio State since taking over the Badgers in 2006.

Wisconsin's last Big Ten title was in 1999.

October 3, 2009

Life can be a cabaret

NEWARK — Tables of four clustered together, dim lights and the performer so close you can hear him whisper. It is the hip, nightclub atmosphere audiences might expect to have to drive to Columbus to experience -- except it is right here at the Midland Theatre.

Several times a year the historic theater sheds its more formal airs and transforms into a casual setting for its Stage Door Cabaret Series. Approximately 100 music lovers sit on stage with the performer, enjoying music, conversation and a cash bar.

"While we're not the only theater presenting a cabaret series, we were among the first and in the distinct minority," said Midland executive director Mike Morris.

September 29, 2009

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Newark Office of Coldwell Banker King Thompson kicks off United Way campaign...

Coldwell Banker King Thompson kicked off it's annual United Way of Licking County campaign last Tuesday at their weekly sales meeting.
Last year the CBKT office was able to raise little over $1,400 toward the campaign. This year's goal it to reach $1,500.
Donations are pouring in and we are currently at $695.00.

September 28, 2009


In case you missed it, even the runways are looking downright conservative these days, with their button-down oxfords and snappy repp ties. So it should be no surprise that Aaron Schock, the youngest man in Congress (28!), proves you can maintain an appropriate—and appropriately all-American—wardrobe on Capitol Hill while sending a slightly more progressive fashion message.
Aaron Schock is almost 28 and a half years old, and he is a politician. School-board member at 19. Illinois state representative at 23. U.S. congressman at 27. And unlike every single one of his colleagues (except maybe Ron Paul), he owes a great measure of his success to the way his abs ripple. “In a sea of 435 people in Congress, part of getting things done is having an ID,” Schock says of that infamous red-bathing-suit photo TMZ published of him.

TMZ’s stalking a congressman is excellent news for the Republican Party, Schock’s party, the party that hasn’t been doing so well with the young folks since Family Ties. Schock sees himself (and so does congressional leadership) as someone who can sell people his age on the power of conservatism. “If there was a major failure [during the Bush administration],” he says, “it was a failure to communicate.” And he thinks a big part of correcting that is to become more tolerant. “Obviously, there are those who think that Republican candidates have to check all the boxes on economic and social issues—that’s why we’re the minority.”

Some of his fustier colleagues have asked him how they can better reach new voters, maybe through the Facebooks. But that’s the problem: Since he’s spent his postpubescent life perfecting the dark arts of politicking—learning to laugh at the right times and deflect questions (no, he doesn’t know why John Boehner is orange)—Schock now possesses the cultural awareness of a 14-year-old circa 1995. He still has an AOL account. It gets worse: “I got to know Elton John’s older music by learning to like his newer stuff,” he says. “The Lion King? That’s what I like.” Is this why he’s still single? Nah. “My only personal time is a couple of hours in the gym in the morning.”—greg veis

September 26, 2009

Buckeyes Open Big Ten Play Against Illinois; This Time It Will Be Different

Although the memories of Ohio State’s 2007 loss to the Illini and quarterback Juice William’s clock draining late game attack, don’t get too excited Illinois fans. Since that fateful day in the shoe, the Buckeyes have a new weapon with the potential to render Illinois coach Ron Zook helpless against the Buckeye Defense. That weapon? Terrell Pryor.

I know what you’re saying…but what good is Pryor if he can’t get the ball? If the defense can’t handle Williams two pronged run/pass attack, then it doesn’t matter what Pryor does. Our defense has always struggled against a quarterback who can run and Williams knows how to run.

Ahhh, not so fast my friend. The biggest difference between the 07 Ohio State defense and the 09 defense? The 09 defense has spent their summer lining up against Pryor, a quarterback very similar to Williams only about four inches taller. The biggest difference is that Williams has the maturity that Pryor has yet to develop.

September 25, 2009

Midland says hello to new season with 'Say Goodnight, Gracie'

The Midland Theatre's 2009-10 season begins Friday with the Tony-nominated one-man Broadway play "Say Goodnight, Gracie."

The play is told through the eyes of George Burns, played by Rupert Holmes. The play examines Burns' romance and professional partnership with Gracie Allen from the afterlife.

In "Say Goodnight, Gracie," Burns is in limbo between this world and the next, unable to join his wife and partner, Allen, until he gives a performance for God. The play looks upon his impoverished youth, his initial meeting of Allen, and his career after she passed away.

"Say Goodnight, Gracie" was Broadway's third-longest running solo performance show, was nominated for a 2003 Tony Award for Best Play, and won the 2003-04 National Broadway Theatre Award for Best Play.

August 2009 Homes Sales Statistics

Posted: 9/24/2009
Columbus Board of REALTORS®

Home sales, pricing and inventory remaining consistent
Average sales price increases slightly from July, down just 3.8 percent from ‘08

Home sales dipped slightly in August while inventory, average sales prices and days on market all showed important signs of a healthy housing market, the Columbus Board of REALTORS® said today.

August home sales were off by 7.9 percent compared to August 2008, with a total of 1,994 sold, while inventory and the average days on market both declined.

The average sales price crept up in August to $168,873, from an average of $167,039 in July and was down only 3.8 percent compared to August 2008.

“Affordable pricing, historically low interest rates and incentives including the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit are all positively impacting the central Ohio housing market,” said Gary Parsons, president of the Columbus Board of REALTORS®.

“Pricing has remained consistent this summer while inventory and the length of time homes are for sale is trending downward, illustrating how competitively-priced homes are keeping central Ohio’s housing market balanced,” Parsons said.

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April 7, 2009

Study Finds Paint Aisle At Lowe's Best Place To Have Complete Meltdown

According to a study published Monday in the Journal Of Mental Health, the paint department inside a Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse has surpassed the shelving section of Ikea as the location most conducive to having a total psychological breakdown.

The study, which observed a cross-section of 750 average, mentally sound Americans as they shopped at a variety of retail outlets, found that the singularly chaotic qualities of a Lowe's paint aisle, combined with its overwhelming number of product choices, make it the ideal place to completely fall apart.

"Even the most well-adjusted individual can be reduced to a feeble, trembling shell of his or her former self after a half hour of paint shopping at Lowe's," said Dr. Olivia Kang, a behavioral psychologist at the University of Texas and lead author of the study. "The pressure to make a decision between two seemingly identical shades of beige, the glaring fluorescent lights, the frantic patrons on all sides—it's too much for the human psyche to process."