Home, Garden Show vendor spaces, sponsorships available
NEWARK – The Buckeye Valley Building Industry Association announced that vendor spaces and sponsorship opportunities are available for the Home, Décor and Garden Show on May 22.
The show is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Canal Market District, 36 E. Canal St., Newark. The outside event, under the pavilion, will be held rain or shine. Set up for the event is 7:30-9:30 a.m. The event is hosted by the BIA and Canal Market District.
For more information, prospective exhibitors or sponsors should contact Debbie Quackenbush, the BIA executive officer, at 740-345-2898, or email to email@example.com.
Home heating assistance offered
The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program started on November first and helps income-eligible Ohioans pay their heating bills and can assist with fuel tank placement, fuel tank testing, and furnace repair. The program will be open until March 31, 2021.
More than 800 families in Licking County were assisted through the Home Energy
Assistance Winter Crisis Program from November 1, 2019, to May 31, 2020.
Ohioans can visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov to start their application prior to their required agency interview with LEADS. To schedule an appointment call, the Voice Interactive Response and Scheduling system 740-618-2224.
Eligible households can receive payment for their main heating source and/or their secondary heating source (electric). The program can also assist with fuel tank placement, fuel tank testing, and furnace repair. Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for assistance. For a family of four, the annual income must be at or below $45,850.
For more information about the features of the Winter Crisis Program locally and what is needed to apply, contact LEADS at 740-349-8606. Additional information can also be found at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.
Free tax prep services offered
NEWARK — The Licking County Coalition for Housing (LCCH) has begun taking appointments for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for individual taxpayers in Licking County.
The free tax preparation services will be available from February 1 through April 15, 2021. Taxes are prepared at 3 locations in Licking County. Drop-off appointments are available at the LCCH offices at 23 South Park Place and Ohio Means Jobs at 998 East Main St. In-person appointments are available at the Licking County Library (Main) at 101 West Main St. The days/hours vary by location. No walk-ins at any site, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Most taxpayers with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $57,000 or less are eligible. Farm income, rental income and some advanced tax issues cannot be handled at a VITA site. Photo ID and Social Security cards are required from all taxpayers, as well as W-2s and other tax documents. Both taxpayers must sign for a joint return.
Taxpayers can call LCCH at 740-345-1970, extension 200 to schedule an appointment.
Johnstown, Northridge combine to raise 13,000 food items for pantry
JOHNSTOWN – Once again, two area school systems have helped their community by providing food for the area food pantry.
The Johnstown Monroe and Northridge Local School districts allow students to learn valuable lessons while competing for the betterment of the community. Foods are collected in October near the time of the football game between the two high schools. Students, staff and parents all join to build the inventory of cans, cartons and packages which keep the Johnstown-Northridge Community Food Pantry supplied.
The commemorative plaque was presented by Northridge Principal Mike George to Johnstown Superintendent Dale Dickson. Due to the pandemic, the crowd was limited to the player’s parents. While Johnstown accumulated more pieces, together the two systems provided more than 13,000 pieces to the food pantry.
The Knights of Columbus Council 4324 and members of the Church of the Ascension Parish provided transportation service for the food items to the food pantry.
They reward the top contributors in both school systems with pizza luncheons.
The Johnstown-Northridge Community Food Pantry accepts food and monetary donations year-round.
Registration opens for Blue Line Twilight Run
Registration is now open for the second annual Blue Line Twilight Run 5K and 10K, which will bein person at 7 p.m. on May 1 at Rotary Park.
The event is set to kick off at 6 p.m. with a free half-mile kids fun run for kids 10 and younger. Online registration is available at Go.COTC.Edu/BlueLineRun through April 28.
The entry fee for non-law enforcement personnel is $35 per person and costs $25 per person for current or former law enforcement personnel. Each participant who registers by April 3 will be guaranteed an event T-shirt, and all participants will receive a souvenir goody bag and medals for those who complete the course.
All event activities will be held outside and adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. In person late registration is available from 3-5 p.m. on May 1 at Rotary Park. A $5 late registration fee will be added per person.
Although participation in the kids fun run is free, in-person registration is required on race day and will be available between 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Rotary Park Pavilion. All fun run participants will receive a completion medal.
The event, which is a collaboration between Central Ohio Technical College and the Licking County Sheriff’s Office, honors law enforcement as they prepare for National Police Week beginning May 9. Proceeds from the event will benefit COTC’s Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr. Award and LCSO’s Stuff the Backpack fund.
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