“We will probably be completely booked up by next week on Friday,” Sharon Stevens, owner of Stevens Bakery and Orchard, said. “Once I reach a certain number, I just can’t do anymore.”
With the help of a commercial kitchen including five ovens, Stevens is able to bake 70 pies at a time toward the 3,000 pies she will make for Thanksgiving pre-orders.
Stevens and her team will begin making the pie crusts the week before. This week the team made apple streusel pie topping with 150 pounds of butter to prepare for Thanksgiving pre-orders, she said.
The bakery offers apple streusel, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, peach, rhubarb, strawberry rhubarb, custard, chocolate chip cookie, pecan, pumpkin, sugar cream, banana, buckeye, butterscotch, chocolate, coconut, lemon, and peanut butter pies. “No sugar added” pies are available.
“Our best sellers are pumpkin, pecan, apple, and cherry pie,” Stevens said.
The bakery promotes that all of their pies are “made-from-scratch” without canned pie fillings or added preservatives.
“Our pies are a family tradition for a lot of families,”
Stevens said. “It’s just not Thanksgiving for them if they don’t have a Stevens pie.”
Stevens Bakery and Orchard is open noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, go online to www. stevensbakeryandorchard. com.
Residents looking for a homemade pie from the Urbana-area have a few extra days to place their pre-orders.
The Airport Cafe, 1636 N. Main Street in Urbana, is accepting pre-orders until noon the day before Thanksgiving.
Owner Doug Hall said he has had between 75 and 170 Thanksgiving pie pre-orders, annually in previous years.
Apple, apple crumb, apricot, apricot crumb, banana, black raspberry, butterscotch, cherry, cherry crumb, chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, coconut, custard, lemon, peach, peach crumb, peanut butter, pecan, and pumpkin pies are available for pre-orders.
The cream pies are sold in the cafe daily for dessert.
Coconut and butterscotch are two customer favorites, Hall said.
Hall and his wife took over the cafe, located at the Grimes Field Airport, 15 years ago and have been sharing his great-grandmother’s pie recipes ever since.
“It’s neat watching the airplanes come in and out — that’s just an added bonus,”
Hall said. “Just being able to interact with the public, service the community and provide a nice restaurant for the town.”
The Airport Cafe is open 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
For more information, search for Airport Cafe on Facebook.
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Safety features to help with crossing the street included in $1.8M cost.
The price tag for the project totals about $1.8 million.
A truck apron was added around the center of the roundabout for increased maneuverability, as well as flashers at each of the roundabout’s crosswalks.
The flashers signal to drivers to stop when someone wants to cross the street. Center splitter islands were also added to the crosswalks so someone can stop there if necessary to finish crossing safely.
The project has been a test of patience for downtown Urbana business owners. Carmazzi’s Delicatessen and Candy and Cafe Paradiso owners Pat and Patsy Thackery said the quadrant of the square where the candy store sits has been the staging area for construction crews’ equipment and supplies.
“We’ve had no parking, so yes our business is down (at Car-mazzi’s) but we are confident that as soon as everything’s done, it’ll be back to normal,” said Patsy Thackery.
But Pat Thackery said business at Cafe Paradiso, on the quadrant of the square east of Carmazzi’s has actually picked up. He said their best weekend in 13 years was when Cafe Paradiso’s corner was closed for construction.
Thackery, also a city councilman, said over the years he’s witnessed several accidents on the square.
City officials have previously said over a three-year study period there were 60 crashes.
Thackery said he’s hopeful that the improvements are a step in the right direction to keep people safe.
“We moved back here like 26, 27 years ago, and this is the biggest project I’ve seen,” he said. “I think all said and done — spring when the flowers are planted — everybody is gonna be proud of this circle.”
Over at Oxner’s General Store, cashier Charma Brown said the completion of the project wrapped up just in time. Downtown Urbana’s Holiday Open House is happening this weekend, where stores and restaurants will be open with extended hours for customers.
She said pedestrian safety comes first and foremost, and she’s already noticed drivers slowing down and being more aware of people crossing the streets.
“I just think if people will be patient, work together and embrace it — the roundabout is going to be a fantastic change for Urbana,” Brown said.
Funding for the project comes from an Ohio Department of Transportation Safety Grant, an ODOT Small Cities Grant, an ODOT Urban Resurfacing Grant and funds from the Ohio Public Works Commission for water main replacements.
Water mains downtown were also improved.
A ribbon cutting ceremony for the roundabout will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at Legacy Park.
Contact this reporter at Jenna.Lawson@coxinc.com
The News-Sun has walked readers through the phases of the Urbana roundabout reconstruction since the project began in May. Urbana will have a ribbon cutting on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
BY THE NUMBERS
■ $1.8M — Approximate cost of project
■ 25,000 — Cars that pass through Monument Square daily
■ 6 — Phases of construction
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Contracted by the city of Urbana, R.B. Jergens Contractors Inc. is working toward completion of the improvements to the Monument Square roundabout at the intersection of U.S. routes 36 and 68. Completion is anticipated on or before Nov. 6. The final tasks of resurfacing and striping are weather dependent.
In addition to safety improvements to the existing roundabout, a large portion of the project involved the replacement of aged and deteriorating water mains within the project area that dated back to 1923.
The final project cost will exceed $1.8 million, with the water main replacement portion exceeding $600,000.
The water main replacement work is funded by a 0% interest loan and a grant through the Ohio Public Works Commission. The roundabout safety improvements and final resurfacing total approximately $1.2 million, with federal Small Cities, Safety, and Urban Resurfacing funds through the Ohio Department of Transportation paying approximately $950,000 of these costs.
The fifth phase of the project has closed Miami Street between Monument Square and Walnut Street since Sept. 23. This section of roadway is scheduled to reopen on or before Nov. 6.
The Miami Street closure was planned to be the shortest closure of the project, but a week of closure is being added to assist the contractor in the final resurfacing work on the project. This closure will be equal in duration to the previous closures for the other legs of the project. Local and state route detours will remain posted.
The sixth and final phase of the project involves the final resurfacing of the project area, including the milling of the existing pavement surface, resurfacing and striping. Weather permitting, the contractor plans to mill the existing pavement surface on two consecutive evenings during the nighttime hours beginning Sunday, Oct. 27. Due to forecasted overnight temperatures during the week of Oct. 27, the paving work has been scheduled to occur during daytime hours versus the overnight paving schedule originally planned.
On-street parking restrictions will be posted within work areas during the milling and resurfacing work, and vehicles parked in violation will be towed. During some phases of paving work, thru-traffic may be restricted. In addition, flaggers will be used by the contractor to maintain traffic.
Businesses will remain open during this final construction phase, and city officials ask that residents and visitors patronize downtown businesses. On-street parking within the project area will be affected during the paving work, but nearby parking lots and on-street parking outside the project area will remain available.
For timely updates due to weather delays during the pavement resurfacing portion of the project, check the city’s website (urbanaohio. com) and Facebook page.
It is time to clean out your medicine cabinets as part of a regular routine. Disposal of your unused or expired prescription medications helps prevent medicine misuse. Youth in our county report that they have high levels of access to prescription medications in their homes and the homes of relatives. Take 2 minutes for prevention, by disposing of these medications and properly securing them in your home.
Join us for a medication disposal event at Kroger in Urbana on Saturday, October 26th from 10am - 2pm. As a community service, Mary Rutan Hospital will also dispose of used/unused syringes at no charge. Drive thru service is available. No inhalers or liquids will be accepted.
If you are unable to attend this event, you can dispose year round at one of five local permanent medication disposal (drug drop-boxes) located at the St. Paris Municipal building (police department); Mechanicsburg Police Department, Urbana Municipal Building (main entrance), Champaign County Sheriff's Office, or at Mercy Hospital near the ER entrance.
Prevention works. Everyone has a role in keeping our community safe and healthy. Add this event to your calendar now and we will see you there!
For more information regarding this event please contact Champaign County Drug Free Youth Coalition & Opiate Task Force and Mary Rutan Hospital.
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The Champaign Economic Partnership has commissioned a study that will examine Champaign County’s housing situation as well as what can be done to improve it.
The study is being conducted by the Greater Ohio Policy Center and is expected to be completed in January. It will look at common housing challenges in the city of Urbana as well as the villages of Mechanicsburg, North Lewisburg and St. Paris, said Marcia Bailey, the economic development director for Champaign County.
“We want development to occur where there is available or nearby infrastructure. We are an agricultural community and we want to be able to preserve agricultural land as well,” she added.
The study will cost $40,000, and it will be paid for with funds set aside by Champaign County commissioners to be used for economic development, Bailey said. The study aims to compare municipalities in the county to others in the state that are tackling similar problems such as aging housing stock, a fair number of blighted properties and limited land for new housing developments.
Bailey said the study will be similar to the one recently conducted in Springfield that looked at what the city could do to attract new housing opportunities.
The Comprehensive Housing Market Analysis for Springfield was released in August and made six major recommendations to city officials.
Those recommendations included playing into preexisting assets, continued focus on downtown revitalization and rehabbing existing housing stock.
Bailey said her organization is looking to do the same in Champaign County and wants to use the findings of their study to make the area more marketable to developers. She said that includes looking at what new housing options would work best in the county, whether that would be smaller single family homes or loft apartments in recently renovated buildings.
“One of the big things that we are looking at right now is what type of housing is in demand,” she said. “We are seeing more loft apartments in downtown Urbana for example. We want to continue that trend.”
Bill Bean, the mayor of Urbana, said his city is landlocked and there is not much land available to develop new single family homes. He said, instead, some property owners in downtown Urbana are turning the second and third stories of their buildings into loft apartments.
“Instead of growing out, we are growing up,” he said.
Bailey said in the city’s Monument Square, she estimates 10 loft apartments and says more are currently being developed.
However, the city’s last major housing development was completed in the early 2000s. The subdivision known as Parmore Estates, on the eastern edge of the city, consisted of 90 single family lots as well as two condo sections of 20 lots each, according to its developer Bill Parker, who is the president of Par-Mee Development Corp.
He is currently working on a subdivision called Park Place of Urbana. The first phase of that project will consist of 13 small, patio/single family homes along Powell Avenue, which is expected to be completed in the next two years, Parker said.
Bean said, however, land for new housing developments can be hard to find in the city. He said it depends on whether property owners are interested in selling their property or are working with a developer.
“In order for us to grow, we need to get developers to look at us. We need to let them know what we have to offer,” he said.
Bean said he believes the housing study will be a good tool for future development not only in Urbana but also in the county as a whole.
Greg Kimball, the mayor of Mechanicsburg, said his village has similar housing problems such as the lack of available land for new developments and a limited number of developers operating in the area. He said there is also a fair number of nuisance properties in the village.
Kimball said he hopes the study will help them work around those issues as the village hopes to reassess its housing stock while working to increase property values.
Contact this reporter at 937- 328-0355 or email Hasan.Abdul-Karim@cmg.com.
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The Dayton, Ohio area is expanding and getting a new area code. As the area’s number-one provider for telephone service in Champaign County, CT Comm wants to make sure that local residents remain informed regarding the new change.
Area code 937 has covered Bellefontaine, Dayton, Fairborn, Hillsboro, Marysville, Preble County, Springfield, Wilmington, Urbana, Xenia, and areas both north and east of Cincinnati since 1996. With Dayton, Ohio and surrounding areas expanding, the current area code is no longer able to accommodate the population’s need for unique number combinations. To address this, a new area code is being added: 326.
The new area code, 326, which spells out “DAO” (as in Dayton, Ohio) on a traditional keypad, is scheduled to provide overlay for the 937 area in early 2020. On February 8, 2020, traditional seven-digit calling will no longer be available and callers will have to dial ten digits to make a call. The change is expected to take place in a series of steps, with completion anticipated for January 2020.
A transition period is expected to begin August 10, 2019 with mandatory 10-digit and 11-digit dialing going into effect February 8, 2020. March 8, 2020 is the earliest that new numbers will be activated using the new 326 area code.
All local residents should be aware of the following:
Individuals, families and businesses can be assured that the new 326 area code is recognized as valid in the following areas:
automatic dialing equipment
any other types of equipment (as applicable)
Internet dial-up numbers
alarm and security systems
mobile phone contact lists
call forwarding settings
voicemail services (and any similar functions)
personal or pet ID tags
medical alert devices
Please note: Any needed reprogramming of alarm and home security equipment should be done between August 10, 2019 and February 8, 2020.
CT Comm is available to answer any questions you have regarding this upcoming transition. Please feel free to call our Champaign County office at (937) 653-4000, option zero for CT Comm Customer Service.
Additionally, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio offers extensive information regarding the overlay plan. You can learn more by visiting this page.
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About CT COMM
CT Comm (www.ctcomm.net) is an Internet and network solutions provider that services businesses and residential customers in Champaign County. Established in 1898 as the Champaign County Telephone Company, CT Comm is the second-largest independently owned telecommunications company in the United States. CT Comm is committed to the innovation and strategic implementation of products and services that are relevant, critical, and valuable to the needs of local individuals, families, and businesses.
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Water-loving kids will have a new toy at Lions Park in West Liberty next summer. Fundraising started in February and construction of a Spray N Play Splash Pad behind the old water plant at the park is scheduled to start Nov. 13, weather permitting.
If all goes well, by next Memorial Day kids will be getting drenched under spray nozzles, an umbrella and a dump bucket on a 1,400-square-foot splash pad adorned with a bird, a frog and a crab, all friendly and not real.
For now, plans are for a brushed concrete surface. If another $20,000 is raised, an improved surface will be installed initially or at a later date. The additional funds also will go toward installing the water lines and electricity.
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The developer of a proposed wind farm in Champaign County no longer has the certificates needed to build the project.
Attorneys representing the Buckeye Wind LLC and Champaign Wind LLC projects asked the Ohio Power Sitting Board to relinquish certificates that were approved for those projects nearly a decade ago. They also asked to withdraw any pending amendments filed since then.
“From our standpoint, the cases are all closed now and the company no longer has the certificates to construct those facilities,” said Matt Butler, a spokesperson for the board.
The request to relinquish those certificates was filed in September and was approved by the OPSB shortly after. The push to build wind turbines in Champaign County has been controversial and has sparked nearly a decade of debate between residents and county officials.
State officials first approved a certificate allowing the wind farm to be built in March 2010, according to documents filed with the OPSB. However, it included several conditions such as that the original certificate would expire if construction did not begin within five years. An extension to that certificate was approved in 2014.
The Champaign County project was split into two separate phases called Buckeye Wind and Champaign Wind. The projects were first proposed by Everpower, a company whose holdings were recently acquired by Innogy, a German energy company.
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The Cobblestone Hotel is starting to take shape. Concrete was poured early Friday morning and Sunday the framing crew started. Floor joists are coming Thursday. The goal is to have this totally framed by Thanksgiving.
The three-story, 54-room hotel is being built at intersection of 68 & 55 on the south end of Urbana. The project is expected to be completed by May of 2020.
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