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.

Dan Thompson Update

Donations for the Thompson family

Donations are now being accepted for Dan and Karen Thompson at Eagle Pizza. Stop by Eagle Pizza anytime during normal operations to donate to help the Thompson family.

Danny did well through the night. He is still fighting the infection in his lungs and sinuses, but the antibiotics should take care of it soon! He had a trach put in this morning and the ventilator removed. The respiratory specialist said they have the trach set to allow him to self monitor his breathing and he seems to be doing well on his own! The feeding tube was also removed this morning as they put a feeding peg directly into his stomach. The doctor is hopeful that both of these procedures will help quicken his recovery. It is such a blessing to see Danny’s precious face again, now that everything has been removed from his nose and mouth!

Continue to pray for Danny’s healing…brain swelling to subside and his body to begin and continue to regulate itself. It will be a long road ahead, but God has brought Danny so far in a week’s time! Thank you for your continued prayers and encouragement.

A favorite song of ours by Chris Tomlin says it best today:

“Our God is greater! Our God is stronger! God, You are higher than any other. Our God is healer; awesome in power; our God, our God. And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then who could stand against?”

“I will proclaim Your greatness, my God and king; I will thank you forever and ever. Every day I will praise You forever and ever. The Lord is great and is to be highly praised; His greatness is beyond understanding.” Psalm 145:1-3

Mail in Donations

If you want to help and prefer to mail in your donation you can do so by: filling out your check or money order to Dan and Karen Thompson, in the memo field put gift, and mail your donation to Eagles Pizza – PO Box 162 – New Albany, Ohio – 43054

Donations for Dan Thompson

Donations for Dan

Villa Pizza, Eagle Pizza, the staff, and Dan’s family members are grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers and support the New Albany community has sent. In response to this, Eagle Pizza is in the process of setting up a fund for donations to be made to help Dan’s family through this hardship. Information will be posted as soon as this process is complete.


Background Story

The accident:  On November 18, 2012, Dan was helping a neighbor trim a tree.  While he was holding the ladder, a large tree branch fell and knocked Dan to the ground, making his head hit the concrete sidewalk.  He was life-flighted to OSU Medical Center, where they ascertained he needed immediate surgery to remove part of his skull to alleviate the pressure of blood flow on the brain, a subdural hematoma.  Through ct scans, the neurosurgeon realized that major damage had been realized by  the right side of the brain, along with many skull fractures, including the base of the skull, and the bone around the carotid artery and the jugular vein.
We are steadfastly praying around the clock that Dan is completely healed.  The doctors tell us that he has extensive brain damage, but our Father God is a great healer!The family certainly welcomes your visits to the SICU waiting room, however no visits are allowed for Dan in ICU.  The doctors have restricted his visitors for the next few days.Daily updates on Dan’s recovery can be found at:

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 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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Johnstown is seeking a JV Girls Soccer Coach

Coaching vacancies

• Johnstown is seeking a JV girls soccer coach. Resumes should be directed to athletic director Nick McIlwain at For details, contact McIlwain at 740-967-2721, ext. 3202.

Open dates

• Reynoldsburg is seeking two girls soccer games, home or away and including JV games, for this fall. Contact coach Matt Evans at


• Mentoring Student Athletes Foundation will sponsor ACT prep lab classes for students entering grades 9-12 from 6:30-8 p.m. beginning July 18. The test will be Sept. 28. Contact Jeffery Tarver at or at 614-284-7659.

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Little Miss Firecracker – Johnstown,Ohio

Six contestants will take center stage during a beach-themed Little Miss Firecracker pageant.

The pageant takes places at 7 p.m. June 27 at the Johnstown-Monroe High School Performing Arts Center.

The contestants are Kate Ruffle, 5, daughter of Joe and Holly Ruffle; Chaelynn Smith, 5, daughter of Rob and Lynn Smith; Sydney Smith, 5, daughter of Brian and Tiffany Smith; Mariah Coleman, 6, daughter of Julie Napper; Ava Madison, 6, daughter of Eddie and Shannon Madison; and Lillyinn Skinner, 6, daughter of Kevin and Tabitha Skinner.

The theme is “Beach Party U.S.A” and the contestants will dance to a beach themed opening number, said pageant director Joanne Schwab.

“It’s absolutely adorable to see a young girl possess such poise and talent at such an early age and be able to display that as a representative of Johnstown,” Schwab said.

For the competition, the contestants will perform an individual talent of dancing or singing. The girls also will walk the stage in a modeling segment and will participate in an individual interview.

Schwab said the contestants have been practicing for weeks getting ready for their big day.

“Rehearsals have been running smoothly,” Schwab said. “Each contestant has a very unique talent that the audience will truly enjoy. I’m very proud of the progress the girls make each week.”

Last year’s winner, Makayla Fain, will perform the cheer routine talent that helped her win the 2011 Little Miss Firecracker. Fain also will help assist the girls in this year’s pageant.

The Miss Johnstown pageant is scheduled on June 19, and the new 2012 Miss Johnstown winner will perform her talent performance at the Little Miss Firecracker pageant as well as assist in the modeling and interviewing process. She will also crown the 2012 Little Miss Firecracker winner.

Ashley Ross is the Master of Ceremonies for the pageant.

Schwab said there is no admissions fee to attend the pageant, but attendees are encouraged to bring a food or cash donation to help the Johnstown-Northridge Food Pantry.

The Johnstown Middle School and High School cheerleaders will host a bake sale at the pageant to help raise money for tumbling equipment, uniforms and cheer camp fees, Schwab said.

The Johnstown American Legion Post 254 and the 4th of July committee is sponsoring the pageant.



ThisWeek Community News Friday June 15, 2012 7:34 PM

National Junior Olympic Shotgun Championship

Johnstown own Rebekah Abel requires assistance to allow her to compete in the 2012 US National Junior Olympic Shotgun Championship.

This event will be held at the US Olympic training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado on July 8. Last year she competed in the 2011 National Junior Olympic Shotgun Championship, and received a bronze medal for the women’s, 12 category.

As you may suspect, the cost of registration, travel, ammo, and targets are considerable. If you can help Rebekah called Villa pizza for more information.