As we prepare to enter a new millennium, it’s interesting to look back and see what life was like in Kingston Township 200 years ago. According to the History of Delaware County and Ohio, 1880, the Kingston Township “… inhabitants are likewise noted for their morality, industry and hospitality.” They immigrated to Kingston Township in the early 1800s from Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Vermont and Virginia.
The land in the area was given by Congress to Revolutionary War soldiers as payment for their services. But, it seemed to be a good idea gone bad. The land was issued in warrants for 100 acres, but could only be located in 4,000 acre tracts. Most soldiers were poor and sold their warrants to speculators or turned it over to their landlords or tavern keepers to pay their bar bills.
The Sunbury United Methodist Church (SUMC) will host its 26th annual Memorial Day Yard Sale from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 27 at 100 West Cherry Street. This annual event, which is held in conjunction with the Memorial Day Flea Market on the Sunbury square, attracts people from all over central Ohio. Parking is free, and there will be great deals on furniture, tools, toys, household goods, antiques and more, all donated by church members.
A homemade breakfast will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the dining room, followed by a homemade lunch, which starts at 11 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m. or until the food runs out. Anything not purchased from the yard sale is given to a Kentucky family that drives up to Sunbury, loads their truck, and returns to their town to fix and sell the materials.
On Saturday, April 20, members of Cub Scout Pack 197 along with their parents and Pack Leader Chris Jeunelot planted a variety of flowers and bushes at Genoa Township’s McNamara Park east entrance.
Genoa Township Parks Manager Ron Keil said the Butterfly bushes, Lilac, Day Lily, Monkey Grass and selection of ornamental grasses will be an enticing draw to the park’s new east entrance.
Keil has actively worked building a relationship between scout troops and the township, assisting scouts with their Merit Badge requirements over the past two years.
Super Storm Sandy seems to have come and gone. We hear in the news that the federal government has allocated billions of dollars for Sandy relief, and other crises have taken over the headlines. What most folks don’t realize is that many families in areas impacted by the storm are still without homes and living in shelters, with relatives or other temporary accommodations; the lucky ones are moving back home or into new homes.
But many homes were so severely damaged by Sandy that when folks do finally have a stable place to live they have nothing; the storm destroyed everything that they owned. They don’t even have simple kitchen items like a pot to boil pasta in and a plate to serve it on.
But they have not been forgotten. Back in November Deb Bergmann of Condit Presbyterian Church was in New Jersey delivering blankets and books to Sandy survivors when she touched base with Pastor Joe Gratzel of the First Baptist Church of Manasquan. Pastor Joe explained the ongoing need for simple items like Kitchen Recovery Kits that folks need to help jump-start a normal life after the devastating storm.
Bergmann and other Big Walnut area volunteers helped mobilize members of the Presbytery of Scioto Valley to collect Kitchen Recovery Kits that were being dropped off at Condit Presbyterian for delivery to Manasquan, New Jersey, on May 4.
The weather is getting warmer and we’ll soon be approaching summer; and on a warm late spring day there’s nothing like a classic car show, and toss in a little ice cream and you’ve got the Jackson Farms Car Show & Ice Cream Social.
The best part about the Jackson Farms Car Show & Ice Cream Social is all proceeds from the day will benefit the American Cancer Society Big Walnut Area Relay For Life.
The Saturday event takes place rain or shine at Jackson Farms, 2341 South Ohio 605, Galena.
Misti Spillman, an AmeriCorps member at the Ohio Historical Society, is offering a Beginners Cemetery Restoration Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Red Bank Cemetery in Genoa Township. Spillman has a background in researching and restoring cemeteries, and has also created a cemetery tool kit as a guide for people who want to restore cemeteries.
Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Run For John 5K Run/Walk that raises money for Big Walnut Friends Who Share. Run For John began following the sudden death of John Scanlan, who died in September of 2008 of sudden cardiac arrest.
John was an avid runner who trained for, and participated in, Ironman events until his sudden passing. John’s widow Nicci said the race is more than an opportunity to run and raise funds for a local cause; it’s also a day to remember John Scanlan’s commitment to the community he lived in.
The 5th Annual Run For John will be held beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, August 31.
Members of the newly-formed Galena Historic Foundation, Inc. held their first meeting on Wednesday, April 24, at the Galena Town Hall. The foundation was started to raise awareness of the role Galena has played as a village in local and regional history.
The Foundation is a Domestic Non-profit Corporation and is accepting donations of historic articles and cash contributions.
The Village of Galena has given the foundation a room for displaying and archiving both written and physical artifacts at the newly remodeled Galena Village Hall, the former Galena United Methodist Church Building.