Category Archives: Licking County

Buckeye Lake In Early March


 

Buckeye Lake Starting To Rise Again

This video is from the state park on the north shore of the lake. It seems to me that the Buckeye Lake is up more than 1 foot, but local news is saying that they’re allowing the lake to rise 1 foot. This must be encouraging for businesses in the area.

The lake level has been down very low for quite some time. There were fears of a dam breach and repairs were made. Personally, I’m excited to see what the lake will be like after the changes and I am optimistic.

History Is A Patchwork

The Patchwork Of History

Newark Advocate Building Torn Down
The Old Newark Advocate Building

Looking at the remaining wall next to where The Old Newark Advocate building used to stand is quite a history lesson. Look at all the different layers of different wall coverings. Now that it the building is gone, the patchwork of different walls, peeling back to reveal how different they appeared at different times.

If you asked someone for their recollection of the building, you’re going to get different stories depending on what time they were there. Time is always changing and so are viewpoints of history.

I think the biggest telltale sign of a history bullshitter is a person who takes one perspective of a historical even and demands that that viewpoint represents all of the fact. Sadly, it’s not hard to find a history bullshitter.

The Elbow Lounge In Newark, Ohio

The Elbow Is Now A Health Hazard In Downtown Newark, Ohio

I was never in it. I hear that the city isn’t missing much with it gone. All that matters now is that it’s a health hazard. Bricks are falling off of it and it’s a temptation for a break-ins and the usual problems that come with abandoned buildings.

Back of The Elbow Lounge in Newark, Ohio.
The back of The Elbow Lounge in Newark, Ohio.

According to an old newspaper article I found, the county bought the property quite a while back. Still, other than the added fence around it, not much has been done with it.

The ghost advertising shows that it was once called The Kern Hotel.

Newark, Ohio Courthouse Construction Project

The Courthouse Construction Rumors

Newark, Ohio doesn’t have a hometown newspaper anymore. The paper is now a national conglomerate with an obvious agenda many years ago. We’re left to our own imaginations and rumors about what is happening in Licking County, Ohio.

Licking County, Ohio Courthouse construction.
A dumpster is pulled by a crane to the the top of The Licking County Courthouse.
A covering of plastic, sort of like a courthouse condom, is in place now. Workers appear from underneath to take out the trash. The crane lifts a dumpster to the workers like i the photo above.
 
I’ve heard rumors from $1 million to $10 million for a restoration of the courthouse. The county is claiming a need for a new courthouse designed for modern operation.
 
It is encouraging to see that the town’s focal point is being restored. With so many funds originating from the federal government, what is the need? The decisions are being made somewhere else anyhow.
 
I’ll keep watching the progress and see what type of town the quiet planners are giving us. It should be interesting.

A Sunday Walk In The Woods Turns Exciting When An Eagle Appears

Fungus on an Old Log
Fungus grows on an old log in the forest.

The walk started out boring. The western end of The Blackhand Gorge trail is that way. If you’re quiet, you can catch deer out in the field or even a Hooded Merganser Duck in the river. Most of the time though, it’s just a well-shaded, level walk down an old railroad bed. This time was different. I’ve heard about an eagle in the area, but I never was lucky enough to see them.

We heard a loud clap on the water. Soon, we seen the huge wing span making it’s way through the woods. I thought it might be a buzzard, but the clap on the water made me pretty sure it was an eagle. Then I seen the white tail feathers to confirm that it was an eagle.

An eagle flying over Blackhand Gorge Nature Preserve
An eagle flying at Blackhand Gorge Nature Preserve near Newark, Ohio.

By the time we confirmed it was an eagle, it was far away. I could only make out a tiny speck on a branch. With my camera equipment, I need light and at least a monopod. I didn’t have either to get any great photos, but I love that I could at least capture a recognizable shot with what I did have.

An eagle fishing in The Licking River
Eagle scanning The Licking River for more fish.

My camera was good enough to see that he was eating a fish. I watched him for a while as he scanned for more. My wife walked down near towards him to get him to fly. It worked, but he had seen us and just moved further away. It didn’t take long for me to figure out that we were annoying the bird’s fishing so we turned and left him alone.

It’s great to see some of Ohio’s wildlife return and to be as common as this. I remember when seeing a deer was somewhat rare when I was a boy believe it or not. I still get excited when I get a chance to take photos of deer too. It’s these shots that make me wonder why I’m not in the woods more.

Newark, Ohio Air Pollution. You Should Know What’s In It.

This post isn’t going to be what you think. I’m not just another wild-eyed commie looking to force air pollution controls on you and shut down a factory with no consideration of the consequences. This isn’t completely about the consequences of air pollution. This is about knowledge and being aware of your surroundings.

Air Pollution Over Newark, Ohio.
Plume of smoke over Newark, Ohio.

I have seen and smelled this pollution from the same factory in Newark, Ohio for many years. I wondered what might be in that cloud, but never really investigated. It turns out that the emission from this factory include:

  • Fermaldyhyde
  • Lead
  • Ammonia
  • Chromium
  • Manganese Compounds

That’s substantial and it’s enough to be one of the major polluters in the state. It’s something that I should know.

I will leave this here to let others think for themselves. I am the wrong person to get into the details. I would just be parroting what I read. What I am saying is that we shouldn’t be just casual observers of major situations around us. Use the awesome tools we have today to quickly answer questions like this.

The media makes information concerning these things political too. With this one, politics don’t sort it out for you. If you’re on the left, you’re usual dialogue is done for. This is coming from a factory that makes material that greatly reduces energy usage. If you’re on the right, you can look at that increased rates with health problems that these pollutants and the amounts are well reported. Denial is a problem.

If you live near this thing and don’t know what it’s spewing out, you have no voice at all. You have no idea that’s it not allergies making you sick, it’s the factory down the street. Can you think of some people who enjoy so many no even thinking about it?

Nature Taking Over At Taft Reserve

Taft Reserve has about 8 miles of trails and it’s ran by the Licking County Parks.

If you follow the trails in a couple of miles, you’ll come to a large abandoned farm. It was a huge operation and today, there’s not even a road left leading to it. There is a large house, old farm equipment, and many outbuildings just rotting away.

I find it interesting how nature will always reclaim everything if you let it. Most of the reserve is full of evidence of that happening. From scrub land trying to become a forest, old Indian mounds, and then this farm.

Curned tree in the forest.
Tree that had to adapt to grow.

 

Out building at the old farm at Taft Reserve in Licking County, Ohio.
Small abandoned barn at Taft Reserve.
Abandoned farm house at Taft Reserve.
Abandoned farm house at Taft Reserve in Licking County, Ohio.
Old farm equipment at Taft Reserve in Licking County, Ohio.
Abandoned farm equipment at Taft Reserve in Licking County, Ohio.