St. Vincent Haven names Lewis development director
NEWARK — St. Vincent Haven, a men’s shelter in Newark, announced it has hired Laura Lewis as development director.
Lewis, of Granville, who retired last year as senior vice president at Park National Bank, enjoyed a 36-year career in the banking industry. She was recently honored with the Ohio State University-Newark’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
The Columbus Foundation awarded St. Vincent Haven an anonymous grant, which required the addition of a development professional. St. Vincent Haven’s mission is “to provide emergency housing to men who are homeless, with the goal of building the individual’s life skills as a foundation for future growth and stability that will lead to housing security.”
Lewis is involved in the local non-profit community and serves on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation, Newark Catholic High School Foundation, The Midland Theater and St. Francis de Sales Finance Council.
She previously served in leadership roles with Licking County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Licking County, Newark Rotary Club and Ohio State University Alumni Advisory Committee.
St Vincent Haven opened in 2010 and served nearly 1,800 clients and nearly 100,000 shelter nights for residents at the 26-bed facility.
Downtown food truck festival on Saturday
NEWARK — The Canal Market District will host the Downtown Newark Food Truck and Soda Festival 11 am to 8 pm Saturday.
There will be a large selection of food trucks and craft soda available, as well as shopping at the craft market, open 11 am to 4 pm The Canal Market District is located south of the Courthouse Square, between Canal, Market, Second and Third streets .
Watershed Conservancy District seeks public input
NEWARK The South Licking Watershed Conservancy District invites property owners and interested persons in the South Fork Licking River watershed to learn about a flood damage reduction planning study.
The study will evaluate and identify measures for channel protection and maintenance, and specific measures for flood damage reduction to protect homes, businesses and public infrastructure, including roadways.
The study area is the portion of the South Fork Licking River watershed within district boundaries, which includes land within Licking, Fairfield, and Perry counties.
The planning study and findings will serve as the basis for updating the official plan for the SLWCD, which is essential to the district for making improvements throughout the area.
Landowners are encouraging to provide input about what is happening on their properties and in their communities at two stakeholder meetings, held in partnership with Licking, Fairfield and Perry County Soil & Water Conservation districts.
The first meeting will be in-person only, 2:30 pm May 19 at Alexandria Public Library, 10 Maple Drive, Alexandria. The second will be a hybrid meeting 6 pm May 24 at Hebron Administrative Building, 934 W. Main St., Hebron.
The Hebron meeting will offer virtual or call-in participation. To join by zoom or for more information, send an email to: BritneyStuller@LickingSWCD.com
Concerns can also be shared via a landowner information form at www.SLWCD.org. Call 740-670-5330 to request the form.
Licking Park District to extend Buckeye Scenic Trail
GRANVILLE — The Licking Park District received an Ohio Department of Transportation grant to extend the Buckeye Scenic Trail south from US 40 to Cristland Hill Road, just south of Interstate 70, a distance of 1.2 miles.
The grant is for slightly more than $1 million. Construction will likely occur during the summer of 2024.
The trail currently travels from Hopewell Drive in Heath to US 40, across from Lakewood High School, a distance of 5.5 miles. The trail includes spurs that connect to the Heath Water Park, the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority and various schools, recreational facilities and neighborhoods.
The extended trail will cross US 40, travel east of Lancer Road, past Lakewood Schools and under I-70.
Licking Valley senior recognized with Ohio’s top scholars
On Tuesday, May 3, 2022, the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) will recognize Ohio’s top students from across the state during the 33rd Annual Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Awards Program in Columbus. This student-centered event will be hosted both virtually and in-person, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.
Licking County’s winner is Cianna Woltz-Yarnelli, a senior Career and Technology (CTEC) student from the Licking Valley School District. One senior from each county in Ohio was eligible to receive this annual honor with the top 51 students from each of Ohio’s ESCs selected to attend the statewide event.
The awards program, named in honor of Ohio’s 31st State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Franklin B. Walter, was established in 1989 by OESCA to promote and recognize outstanding student leaders for their academic achievement and service to their schools and communities. Recipients were required to demonstrate outstanding high school grades, test scores, awards, and activity in their school and community.