Supporting the Arts

Woke at 4:45 a.m. to the sound of rain falling on the tent. I made a cup of coffee and listened to rain and morning song of birds. In the background, I could hear the traffic slowly increasing on Route 161. Thousands commute on this highway that allows for a straight drive from Columbus all the way to the eastern edge of Licking County. This route will allow for future development and growth in Licking County and lead to more job opportunities. Change is coming and inevitable in life. If you are not changing then you are dying. The changes in Licking County mean that we are continuing to grow and provide more opportunities for more people to thrive.

Around 10 a.m. I prepared to have breakfast and do a presentation for the Buckeye Group. The Buckeye Group is a wonderful group of Licking County Senior Citizens that meet once a month. Around 100 members showed up this morning. After I did about a 45 minute presentation, we had time for questions. This group was really engaged and interested in the many issues that our county is working on. After our discussion, we had a wonderful chicken potpie lunch.

Following lunch, I packed up my backpack and began walking back into Alexandria. Once we arrived in Alexandria, we stopped at the Sunbear Studio to say hi and thanks for their support of United Way. The Sunbear Studio has previously donated art by local artists for our Murder Mystery Art Auction.

After we left Sunbear Studio, we went next door to the Ragamuffins Coffee Shop for a cup of coffee. What a neat little coffee shop. They even sell Kale Smoothies! I love Kale!

After we enjoyed our drinks, we headed over to the Village Spa to thank them for putting out one of our donation buckets.

Then we headed to the Alexandria United Methodist Church to do a “meet and greet” with Pastor Kenn Barton and some of his parishioners. As we were walking there, we got a call from WSYX, Channel 6 News. They decided that the wanted to do a story on what we are doing. So shortly after arriving at church, they appeared. They took a lot of footage of me walking, setting up my tent, packing my bag, tying my shoes, and interviewing me about why I am walking for 50 days. I really enjoyed meeting Tara Morgan and her very talented cameraman. Afterwards, they joined us inside the church for a dinner that was prepared by the ladies of the church.

The rest of the evening I just relaxed and then hit the sack.

Continue to follow Deb on the 50 the United Way journey. To donate toward 50 the United Way go to To see these videos, go to our media and events page under press releases.

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