Villa Pizza celebrates its 40th Anniversary in July

Villa Pizza | 1973-2013

Our 40th Anniversary

1973 in Review

In 1973 Villa Pizza opened its doors in Johnstown, Ohio. It was the perfect new place to pick up a six-pack of cold pop to go with a fresh Belt Buster Sub or traditional large pepperoni pizza. The new pizza was a perfect meal to enjoy while watching one of the many television shows of the day.  The Waltons were a hit as well as M.A.S.H. and Columbo. The Odd Couple or the Partridge Family were always fun, and most everyone enjoyed Bob Barker’s “Price is Right”.

If you wanted to grab a bite before heading off to the movies, Villa had a few tables during the first few years when parking was not quite the issue as today. Perhaps that year you were some of the brave who saw the Exorcists or Deliverance. The James Bond movie “Live or Let Die” was a hit as was “The Sting”. Everyone loved “American Graffiti”, and “Jesus Christ Superstar” surprised many. Most local teens will recall hanging out in the parking lot or cruising the square listening to the great bands like Aerosmith that debuted that summer or Elton John’s new hit “Crocodile Rock”. The Rolling Stones had the big hit “Angie” and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” was a hit over night.

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Johnstown Firemen’s Parade – June 22, 2013

Firemen’s & Bicentennial Parade

Johnstown, Ohio

The Johnstown Firemen’s Parade is June 22, 2013 at noon. The parade will be combined with the Bicentennial Parade for one big parade. For entry into the parade, call Rod Bemiller (967-6394), Johnny Johnson (967-7771) or Josh Harrison (967-2976).

 

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Villa Pizza will be closed March 31 for Easter Sunday so that our family and employees may celebrate this special day. Thanks for your understanding .

The Keesee Family

Danny to continue to impress

Tuesday December 4, 2012

Written 1 hour ago

All that the doctors, nurses, therapists, and surgeons can say is that they are very impressed with the progress Danny has made! We want Danny to continue to impress them!

The swelling in Danny’s brain is starting to go down. The sooner, the better, and then the neurosurgeon will be able to reinsert his skull. He has been accepted to go to Dodd Hall, which is phenomenal! That’s the best scenario in which we could ask! Once he is moved there, which will happen tomorrow, according to the information we received today, he will get 3-4 hours per day of intense therapy. WE ARE STILL REQUESTING DANNY HAVE NO VISITORS DUE TO LOW IMMUNE SYSTEM.

Today, we handed Danny a wedding photo of he and Karen. He pulled it up to his face and held it there. It was a very touching moment. Then he looked over at his mom and gave her a “Dutch rub!” Pretty funny, Danny!

Our prayer requests today:
*Danny’s lung infection clears up (better today than yesterday!)
*Danny’s brain and brain stem will completely heal
*Danny will not become too frightened or frustrated as he becomes more aware of his surroundings and doesn’t understand where he is or why he is there, and what has happened to his body.
*Landon will heal quickly from his walking pneumonia, and Emmaretta will heal quickly from her ear infection, and Mommy (Karen) stays healthy.
*Danny will have an easy transition moving to Dodd Hall.

Ephesians 6:10 reads, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” Our family is relying on God for His strength to get Danny through this, and for our family as well. Thank you all for your prayers!

Gift Certificates Johnstown Ohio

Gift Certificates

Stumped about what to get him or her this holiday season?  Make Christmas morning memorable with fun stocking stuffers from Villa Pizza. Gift Certificates make great gifts  for men, women and children. Stop by Villa Pizza to unwind with friends or if you just don’t feel like cooking.

 

Stocking Stuffer

Like all good legends, the story of the Christmas stocking stuffer has many versions. The original story has evolved to allow for differences in culture, time period, and good old fashioned story-telling. So it’s hard to pin down exactly how the Christmas stocking tradition started, but too much exactness isn’t any fun, anyway. And certainly not in the spirit of Christmas. So stop by Villa Pizza and get yours before you forget.

Villa Pizza Owner Thomas Griffiths Keesee

KEESEE Thomas Griffiths Keesee, 83 of New Albany, Ohio died peacefully at home surrounded with family. He was born December 31, 1928 in Columbus, Ohio to Catherine (Griffiths) and Everett Lenwood Keesee who both preceded him in death. The 1946 North High School Graduate worked as a bee keeper for Deer Creek Honey Farms of London, Ohio until entering the Navy on October 11, 1950. Discharged April 9, 1954 as a Hospital Corpsman Second Class, he served aboard the USS Muliphen. Married July 12, 1953 to Marjorie C. Doran of New Albany while home on leave, he and his war bride recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. He also worked at White Westinghouse in management before obtaining New Albany’s Eagles Villa Pizza in 1971 and Johnstown’s Villa Pizza in 1973 where he was called “Boss” by hundreds of employees over the last 41 years. Active in community, he was a member of the New Albany Lion’s Club, New Albany Country Club, 32 Degree Mason (Triangle Lodge), Faith Life Church Veteran’s Group, had coached Little League Baseball and participated on many early New Albany planning committees. Member of Franklin United Brethren Church for many years but presently worshiped at his son Gary’s Faith Life Church. Known for his quick witted sense of humor, this giving and respected businessman is survived by brother, Everett (Mike) Keesee; wife, Marjorie Keesee; son, Gary (Drenda) Keesee; daughter, Krista (Rick) Eldridge; daughter, Rhonda (Eric) Adams; and son, Dennis (Teresa) Keesee. He is the loving Grandpa to 17 grandchildren, Kasey, Ryan, Randall, Roland, Rodney, Kara, Amy, Timothy, Gary Thomas, Pollyanne, Kirsten, Corey, Rachel, Megan, Elias, Jacob, Tirzah and one new great-grandchild Journey. Visiting hours are extended to all, Monday October 8, 4-8:30 p.m. and Tuesday 10 a.m., with services to follow at 11 a.m., at the FaithLifeChurch, 2407 Beech Rd, Johnstown, OH 43031. Pastor Gary Keesee officiating. Internment at MaplewoodCemetery. ARRANGEMENTS MADE BY SCHOEDINGER NORTHEAST CHAPEL. Visit www.schoedinger.com to share a special memory or extend condolences.

 

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on October 7, 2012

154th Hartford Fair

The Hartford Fair was organized in the fall of 1858 under the name “The Hartford Fair Society”. The first fair was held in 1858 on land leased by Taber Sharp. The only townships represented at that time were Hartford and Monroe in Licking County and Hilliar in Knox County and Trenton in Delaware County. By 1871 there were ten townships represented, with the annexation of Milford Township in Knox Co; Harlem & Berkshire townships in Delaware; and Liberty, Bennington and Burlington townships in Licking County. St. Albans and Jersey were added from Licking County in 1908 as well as Miller in Knox Co. and Porter from Delaware Co.

This made a total of fourteen townships represented with a director elected from each with the exception of Hartford Twp. which had two directors. This fifteen-member fair board continued until 1970 when five directors were added At-Large from the remaining townships in Licking County, not already represented, making the total number of directors twenty. Ten years later, in 1980, two more At-Large directors were appointed along with one more each from Hartford and Monroe Townships. The list of directors totaled twenty-four. In 2012, three additional directors were added to the Board making the total 27″.

Agriculture has been stressed through the years along with the promotion of 4-H and youth activities. The Licking County Junior Fair was added to the program in 1938. From that time the majority of the growth of this fair has been with youth organizations and centered around their activities. We are proud of having one of the largest Junior Fair programs in the State. The 4-H Clubs are increasing to include the urban as well as the farm youth. In 1948 Licking County had the first 4-H Band. It was organized by Lenora McLeish and is housed on the grounds the entire week performing at various events each day.

Agricultural products were intended to please the older generation. Farm machinery displays have been a large part of the fair. The local machinery dealers are still displaying their equipment to showcase new technology.

Shade trees have been one of the trademarks of our fairgrounds. Back in 1895 there are records where the board had planted an abundance of trees. Of course, the shade was needed when the only transportation was the horse and buggy. The board has done an excellent job of keeping the trees replaced when they are damaged or die.

These times were difficult and money was scarce when the fair was being organized. The Civil War took place during these early years. There were no buildings erected until 1868. The top priority seemed to be for an “eating house”! They served meals for 25¢. In 1883 the first amphitheater was built. The specifications state that it was to seat five hundred people. The builder was given the use and profit of the amphitheater for five years instead of paying him to erect the structure. The next building was a sheep barn built in 1901. The buildings have come and gone over the years and now the grounds have over 40 buildings. The land that displays the annual event has grown from the original 25 acres to 183 acres.

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