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Archive for May, 2012

The 2012 Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) is June 16-23.

The 24th Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) will take place this year from Saturday, June 16 through Saturday, June 23. Last year the daily 50-mile-long event (bikers ride approximately 50 miles each day of the route) led bikers through Plain City. This year, however, the route is slightly south of us passing through Washington Courthouse, Wilmington, Hillsboro, Chillicothe, and Ashville. The biking adventure will start in Hillsboro on the 16th and wind through Chillicothe on Sunday and Monday, Ashville on Tuesday, Washington Courthouse on Wednesday and Thursday, and Wilmington on Friday before ending back in Hillsboro on Saturday the 23rd.

This week-long trip gives cyclists the opportunity to see many lovely Ohio communities, as the route changes every year.

To see a full list of the activities planned for bikers, go HERE.

To see a map route of the places GOBA will be passing through, go HERE.

You can also find out more on their Facebook page HERE.

Joe and I love to ride our bikes and Joe said this is something he would like to do some day. I don’t think I am quite ready to ride 50 miles a day for 7 days! But maybe some day in the future!

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Plain City Pediatrics, Tuesday, May 29.

Please join the Madison County Chamber of Commerce and Dr. Alicia Fenn for the official ribbon cutting and grand opening of Plain City Pediatrics on Tuesday, May 29, at 3 pm.  Following the ribbon cutting, there will be a tour of the facility along with light refreshments.

Plain City Pediatrics is located in Suite 400 right next to the pharmacy. Please come out and help us welcome Dr. Fenn and her staff to Plain City.

For more information and to RSVP via the Facebook page, go HERE.

You can also “Like” the Madison County Chamber of Commerce on Facebook HERE.

Honor Flight Gives World War II and Korean War Veterans A Chance to Visit Washington Monuments.

Joe and I were recently having lunch in Urbana and picked up a copy of The Springfield Paper to read while we were eating. On the last page of the section I was perusing was an article by Randall W. Ark about Honor Flight. Neither Joe or I had ever heard of this volunteer organization and we were intrigued by the idea.

Here’s how the Honor Flight Network works. Since many World War II and Korean War Veterans have never been to Washington D. C. to visit the monuments and memorials that our country has built to honor them, Honor Flight flies them in and gives them the chance to see these tributes to their service. Some Honor Flights also do the same for Vietnam Veterans and with the passing of the final WWII veteran, the organization will focus on Korean War and Vietnam Veterans. Because it is estimated that most of our WWII veterans will be gone in the next 5-7 years, Honor Flight hopes to give these veterans from “The Greatest Generation” a chance to see that their country appreciates their efforts and sacrifices.

Terminally ill veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are also invited to travel via Honor Flight, even though there are no current memorials for these service people.

Volunteer guardians travel with the veterans, assisting them to make the trip safe and memorable, since many of the veterans are older or have special needs.

The first flight took place in 2005 and since then, hubs have been created across the nation to fly veterans to see the Capitol. There is a hub in Columbus that works with veterans in the Central Ohio area. To access the web page for Honor Flight Columbus, go HERE. Once you are on their web page, you can find out how to schedule for a flight, volunteer, or donate.

Honor Flight is a non-profit and relies solely on donations to fly our veterans to Washington. The trip costs the veterans nothing, as Honor Flight feels these heroic men and women have already paid with “their outstanding service to our nation.” If you’d like to make a donation, please go HERE to donate for the Columbus Honor Flight or HERE for the national Network.

You can also find out how to volunteer by going HERE.

I can think of no better way to honor our veterans than traveling with them, listening to their stories, and letting them know we are thankful for their time serving in the military. If you feel the same way, perhaps you should volunteer to accompany a veteran on an Honor Flight trip.

Thank you to all of our veterans and current military as we celebrate this Memorial Day.

New Aquatic Center to Open May 28.

The Plain City pool was always the highlight of many people’s summer. When the pool closed two years ago due to damage requiring numerous repairs, many residents spent long hot days, basking in the Ohio heat with no relief. This year, relief is finally in sight with the opening of the Plain City Aquatic Center on Memorial Day, May 28.

Season passes will be available to purchase on May 1 online. You can also buy them at the Aquatic Center once it opens.

To find out more about the new Aquatic Center, including season pass and daily admission rates, swim lessons, events, pool rules, and other information, go HERE.

Community Care Day is Tuesday, May 22.

It is time once again to help spruce up Plain City after the ravages of snow, rain, and overgrown weeds have left their mark on the streets and sidewalks. UPCO (Uptown Plain City Organization) is partnering with the United Way of Union County for Community Care Day 2012 on Tuesday, May 22, to not only clean up Plain City, but to also allow volunteers to help with other activities benefitting seniors, libraries, parks, and other community landmarks.

For 2012, Community Care Day is following in the footsteps of Princeton, Kentucky, a town that is pushing a “Let’s Paint the Town!” volunteer movement. Other towns are jumping on the paint bandwagon and finding volunteers to paint their towns. You can read a nice article about this idea HERE. For this Community Care Day, let’s Paint Plain City (as well, as helping with other much needed projects!).

UPCO is looking for people to coordinate events in the Plain City area. If you are interested in participating, please visit the UPCO web page HERE to find out more.

For a list of community projects you can help with or to request assistance with a specific project, visit the United Way of Union County’s web site HERE.