Tag Archives: Marysville Ohio

Ohio’s Crime Rate Lower Than Nat’l Average

Columbus’ Business First had a link to a report on Safe Places to Live in Ohio. Although none of Central Ohio’s communities made the Top 20, three were between 20-25. Powell was ranked 21, Marysville ranked 23 and Dublin ranked 25. Upper Arlington ranked 31.

“In terms of feeling secure, Ohio’s crime rate is significantly lower than the national average. Between 2013 and 2014, both violent and property crime rates declined with some of the steepest drops occurring in the robbery and burglary categories.”

Glock 19 Gen 4The article said that Ohio’s Crime Rate is significantly lower than the National Average. Although not mentioned in the article, I wonder if Ohio’s open-carry law and the popularity of concealed carry licenses is due somewhat to lower crime rates.

Do animals have a 6th sense?

Since Tuesday’s East Coast earthquake, there have been reports of the National Zoo’s animals’ unusual behavior in advance of the quake. Reportedly the lemurs issued their warning a full 15 minutes ahead of the quake being felt by humans. You may remember the stories of the elephants in Indonesia trying to break free of their chains before the disastrous tsunami hit.

I experienced this first-hand around 1970-71 or so. We were living in Marysville at the time. I was at a friend’s home along with our Doxie, Max. My friend also had a dog plus two Siamese cats. In addition, she was babysitting another dog, whose parents were out-of-town on vacation. It was a gorgeous day so I had left all the windows open at our house. Our husbands were playing tennis at the club. Weather forecasting then wasn’t what it is now.

Suddenly all the animals began acting “weird”. The sky turned a strange yellow-green and the air became very still. We kinda just sat there, saying “what the heck?”. Then the skies opened up and the rain poured. After we ran around the house closing windows, we decided – based on the animals’ strange behavior – to head for the basement. When the storm was over, we went back upstairs only to see trees down everywhere. It was as if someone had taken a massive chainsaw and cut down trees all around town to about 15-20 ft high. Huge trees were snapped off like they were toothpicks. Our vacationing friends had two big trees fall on either side of their home but missed hitting the home. The whole town was a mess. The National Guard was called in to keep people from entering the town so residents could start the massive clean-up process.

Since then, I’ve always trusted what my dogs might be trying to tell me.

The 1978 Blizzard was worse … get over it!

We have lots of snow on the ground here in southern Delaware County. According to NBC’s Jym Ganahl, we’ve received 45″ so far this winter, which is more than Cleveland has (42″). Naturally, we’re all complaining because we usually don’t have this much. We’re spoiled.

In the past 10 days since we’ve starting receiving these three storms, I’ve had a lot of viewers to an article I wrote in Jan 2008 about the 30-yr anniversary of the 1978 blizzard. When you see the photos that I included in that article, you’ll see we’re not as bad now as it was then.

There were some key differences to then vs now. The main one was that cars were primarily rear-wheel drive. Volkswagen was about the only one with front-wheel drive. (We had a VW Rabbit) Jeeps had 4WD but the SUV concept hadn’t come into being yet. If you read the article, you’ll learn we lived in Marysville which is FLAT with many roads running NW-SE causing additional problems with drifting.

The National Guard was called to the city to help out. Gov Rhodes asked for further assistance from people with snow mobiles as they were the only transporation that could make it through the rural roads. We’re certainly not that bad now. We lost electricity for several days after the blizzard. Thank goodness that hasn’t happened in these recent snow storms. I don’t recall snow blowers being used then, although they could never have handled the amount of snow that we had. It was strictly backbreaking shovel work.

So, you see, it’s not so bad here. Now don’t you feel better. This is like the story your grandpa told you about walking to school … up hill … both ways.🙂

Going green on your roof

My favorite local blogger, Carole Cohen (Cleveland, OH), has written a post on greening our air and rooftops to not only help air quality but also to reduce energy costs by cooling the building. I didn’t want to hijack her blog, so decided to write a coordinated article here.

Her blog about planting grass and flowers on rooftops reminded me of a home in Marysville many years ago that had a sod rooftop. Remember, Marysville is the home of Scotts Lawn Products, so many residents are extremely passionate about grass. The owner of the “sod roof” home would mow and fertilize it just as he would his regular lawn. I don’t know whether this home still has a sod roof, or whether the home still exists since it would now be surrounded by big box stores and car dealerships. I’ll have to look the next time I drive up Rt 33 to the Rt 36 junction.

In the late 70’s/early 80’s, at their former downtown Marysville office, Scotts purposely grew a section of lawn on a concrete pad to show retailers and consumers that “good” soil wasn’t necessary to have a good lawn. The sod was a little thicker than what homeowners receive from regular sod growers, but not by much. It was fun to watch the surprise on people’s faces when the sod was pulled back to expose the concrete. If grass can be grown on concrete, it could be grown on rooftops as well … just as it grew on the home I mentioned.

I checked Ashton’s blog (the “Scotts Expert“) to see if he has an old photo posted there of the conrete with the sod, but didn’t see it. I know those photos exist. Maybe I can entice him to add it to his blog or to write a post about greening our rooftops to help with our energy costs. If he does, I’ll add a link to it here.

Could be a new niche market for Miracle-Gro. I want royalties for suggesting it !!!!!!!!!!

EDITED: Here’s the link to the grass-on-concrete photo. Enjoy the 70’s hair style. 😎

30-yr Anniversary of the “Big Blizzard”

Copyrighted 1978 Blizzard-1Thirty years ago today we had the “Blizzard of 78“. I don’t remember hearing any special warnings that it was on the way. I’m sure forecasting was much different then, although it doesn’t seem that long ago. We were living in Marysville at the time in an all-electric ranch home. The winds began howling in the evening. By the time we were ready to go to bed, I wanted to open up the door to see what it looked like outside. I had a great deal of trouble getting the door open as it was frozen. As I kept pulling, my ‘then-husband’ (yes, the same one) told me to just leave it alone. I didn’t. I got the door open finally – said “Oh, crap!” – then shut the door. Around 4 in the morning, we woke up shivering. We thought we probably lost electricity so we went to the Family Room to start a fire in our log fireplace. Whoops! Seems I didn’t really get the front door shut tightly due to the ice and it had blown open depositing several inches of snow inside. Boy, was I in trouble – AGAIN! Eventually we did lose electricity, so for a couple days our fireplace was the only source of heat and ability to fix food. Because of that, a fireplace is a must-have in any home I buy.Copyrighted 1978 Blizzard We owned a VW Rabbit – one of the few cars at that time with front wheel drive. So after we got the driveway cleared, we drove to the grocery store after taking orders for nearby neighbors whose cars couldn’t go through the snow. When we got there, it was interesting to see what shelves were nearly empty: milk, bread, cereal, cigarettes and beer. Guess that was the ESSENTIALS to surviving a blizzard. Rescue workers used snow mobiles to rescue people in the rural areas – people who were sick or women who went into labor. The National Guard blocked people from coming into the city. And we reconnected with each other – no TV to watch. Eventually, it got very boring! You can only play so many games of Monopoly. Electricity is a wonderful thing!

EDITED: What parent hasn’t dressed their child up like my daughter is in the photos, only to have them say, “Mommy, I hafta go ….”!