ohio: The Lodge at Big Pine, Hocking Hills Region - 05/17/10 05:41 AM
The Lodge at Big Pine (http://thebigpinelodge.com/) is now open in the heart of the Hocking Hills, and located between Logan and Hocking Hills State Park in Big Pine Estates, just off Route 664. Say hello to lodgekeepers Julie & Kevin! And don't hesitate to take the scenic drive down Big Pine Road toward Conkle's Hollow and more: … (0 comments)

ohio: Q&A Session, Hide-A-Way Hills Code of Regulations Revision - 03/26/10 01:52 AM
The Hide-A-Way Hills Board of Trustees will present a proposed revision of the resort community's Code of Regulations for approval by Club members at this year's Annual Meeting in August.  Attorney and member Rick Lavinsky will host a question and answer session covering the proposed changes this Saturday (March 27) at 10am, in the Great Room of the Lodge.  Located near southeast Ohio's famous Hocking Hills vacation destination region, Hide-A-Way Hills (HAH) will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2011.
 
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ohio: Q&A Session, Hide-A-Way Hills Code of Regulations Revision - 03/26/10 01:41 AM
The Hide-A-Way Hills Board of Trustees will present a proposed revision of the resort community's Code of Regulations for approval by Club members at this year's Annual Meeting in August.  Attorney and member Rick Lavinsky will host a question and answer session covering the proposed changes this Saturday (March 27) at 10am, in the Great Room of the Lodge.  Located near southeast Ohio's famous Hocking Hills vacation destination region, Hide-A-Way Hills (HAH) will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2011.

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ohio: Stroll with Your Sweetheart at Ash Cave in the Hocking Hills - 02/01/10 02:28 AM
February 13 is the date for this year's annual Sweetheart Hike at Ash Cave, in Hocking Hills State Park.  The Ash Cave lower trail is handcap accessible, and the entire evening is always memorable and well attended.  Meet the naturalist in the parking lot (off Route 56) at about 5pm.  For a photos preview of what to expect, visit: http://www.visualtour.com/show.asp?t=1384316.  For more information about upcoming winter events, check: http://blog.1800hocking.com/
 
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ohio: Home Sales Strong in Columbus Ohio MLS, Other Positive Economic Signs - 01/26/10 02:00 AM
Per the Columbus (Ohio) MLS, reported home sales in the market during October-December 2009 were 24.3% better than in 2008 (1,464 vs. 1,314).  The average sales price of $157,130 was up almost 5%.
The overall inventory of available homes also decreased, along with days on market.
Total sales came to $230,000,000.  The Columbus MLS covers 87 "Areas" and various counties, both urban and rural; for details, see:  http://columbusrealtors.com/news.aspx   http://columbusrealtors.com/News/mlsareastats.aspx
An interesting economic sidebar story is the very strong attendance for this year's AAA Vacation Expo last weekend.  Pre-event estimates ran from 13-15,000, and rough reckoning from those on hand would appear … (0 comments)

ohio: Hocking Hills Winter Hike 2010 - 01/19/10 06:01 AM

Hocking Hills State Park Winter Hike 2010, attracted a Cast of Thousands...January 16, 2010....The 45th edition of the Hocking Hills Winter Hike, held annually on the third Saturday in January, attracted what's certain to have been one of the largest turnouts ever.  The parking lots were filled, and at times the line to enter the trail to Old Man's Cave stretched back almost to the Visitors Center.  But as you walked the trail and marveled at the natural winter artwork along the way, it was unusual to hear any discouraging words.  I'd comfortably estimate over 4,000, based on the fact … (1 comments)

ohio: Best Four Housing Markets Predicted in Ohio - 01/15/10 02:47 AM
Housing Predictor has been forecasting state housing markets for a few years now.  Whether it's because of demand, pricing, closing efficiency, or even a little luck, Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo top the best-25 list for 2010. And no Ohio markets are found among the worst 25 predicted for 2010.  Get 'em while they're hot! (or at least before 4/3/10....)
For more information, see:  http://www.housingpredictor.com/predictions.html
 
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ohio: Warmer Weather Expected for Hocking Hills Winter Hike - 01/15/10 02:14 AM
 Hocking Hills State Park's "Mr. Naturalist" Pat Quackenbush prepares hikers for the 2010 Winter Hike, Friday evening 1/15/10, at the park's dining lodge....
Temperatures are expected in the low 40's for tomorrow's (1/16/10) annual Winter Hike at Old Man's Cave - Hocking Hills State Park. For a preview of what you can expect to see, here's a look at last year's event:
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ohio: Giving Thanks for November Home Sales in Ohio - 01/05/10 02:51 AM
Home sales in Ohio during November were up 31.2% over 11/09, with the average sales price up 8.1%.  While this certainly reflects first-time buyer activity, it also suggests that more distress inventory is leaving the market.
The news isn't all good, but of course you've got to keep things in perspective.  While the end of last year brought the thud of the economic downturn, sales reports for November would have reflected earlier contrant closings.
Year-to-date, Ohio's average home sales price is down 6.4% from 2008, with total home sales down by 8.6%.  Total January-November home sales dollar volume is down 14.4%.
Columbus MLS year-to-date average … (0 comments)

ohio: Take A Hike...The Hocking Hills Winter Hike, January 16 - 01/02/10 03:05 AM
In southeast Ohio's famous Hocking Hills, the parking lot across from Old Man's Cave fills up fast and early every third Saturday in January...for the annual Hocking Hills State Park Winter Hike.  Volunteers, including park staff and Friends of the Hocking Hills members, along with shuttle buses will be on hand to help folks make their way through the 6-mile route from Old Man's Cave to Ash Cave.
Although it's not an easy hike, it's certainly well worth the trip and trek.  Here's a sampling of what you can expect:
Hocking Hills Winter Hike 2009:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZpyBSbIPUQ  (http://tinyurl.com/HockingHillsWinterHike09)
 Hocking Hills Winter Hike 2008:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPYChzqrlVg  (http://tinyurl.com/HockingHillsWinterHike08)
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ohio: Christmas in Hide-A-Way Hills: Colonial Dinner and Candlelight Service - 12/30/09 05:53 AM
These annual events are both newer and longtime favorites for members and their guests of the community of Hide-A-Way Hills (HAH), near southeast Ohio's famous Hocking Hills vacation destination region. The Colonial Dinner brings "colonists" in authentic period dress, along with classic songs of the season by The Taylor Family, and hearty traditional fare for a winter's evening meal. The Candlelight Service has been a highlight for many, many years, also held at The Lodge each Christmas Eve...thanks to the community's Chapel Committee and Choir volunteers. For almost 50 years, HAH has been among Ohio's many lake communities, and perhaps a … (0 comments)

ohio: It's Happening in "The Hills" - 12/12/09 04:05 AM

December 12, 2009....Today's the date for the annual Hide-A-Way Holiday Tour of Homes, until 5pm, thanks to the community's Social Committee.  And there's more to see and do (and eat) afterwards at the Lodge, at the annual Colonial Dinner....a special menu, period costimes, and live music.  Call the Lodge at 740-569-7944 for more information.
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ohio: Hide-A-Way Hills Volunteers Thank-You Dinner, 11/15/09 - 11/17/09 02:43 AM
This now-annual event honors the countless hours of volunteer service provided to the gated resort community of Hide-A-Way Hills (HAH), near southeast Ohio's famous Hocking Hills vacation destination region. For almost 50 years, HAH has stood out among Ohio's many lake communities, offering its members boating, fishing, golf, tennis, stables, lodge-restaurant-microbrewery, playground, park areas, shooting range, beach, docks, airstrip, outdoor chapel (non-denominational), 24/7 security, and more. And even with the tremendous work of the HAH security, maintenance, food service, and management staff, things just couldn't be as unique as the are without the help of hundreds of volunteers each year.... … (0 comments)

ohio: Hide-A-Way Hills Volunteers Thank-You Dinner, 11/15/09 - 11/17/09 02:39 AM
This now-annual event honors the countless hours of volunteer service provided to the gated resort community of Hide-A-Way Hills (HAH), near southeast Ohio's famous Hocking Hills vacation destination region. For almost 50 years, HAH has stood out among Ohio's many lake communities, offering its members boating, fishing, golf, tennis, stables, lodge-restaurant-microbrewery, playground, park areas, shooting range, beach, docks, airstrip, outdoor chapel (non-denominational), 24/7 security, and more. And even with the tremendous work of the HAH security, maintenance, food service, and management staff, things just couldn't be as unique as the are without the help of hundreds of volunteers each year.... … (0 comments)

ohio: Conkles Hollow Nature Preserve in Southeast Ohio's Hocking Hills - 11/11/09 02:19 AM

Leaf-peeper or not, Fall's certainly a perfect time to hike the trails at Conkles Hollow Nature Preserve in the Hocking Hills Region.  The Rim Trail is simply spectacular any season, but be advised it's definitely a challenge as well as potentially dangerous...it's a long way down, as they say.  The Gorge Trail is another scenic story, and handicapped accessible most of the way.  Here's an extended Visual Tour of both trails....
For a map and more information about Conkles Hollow, please visit The Friends of the Hocking Hills' Web site.  And while you're at it, consider becoming a "Friend" yourself!
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ohio: Win A Hocking Hills B&B Weekend Getaway - 10/20/09 01:11 AM
As southeast Ohio's fall finery begins to peak and prompt anyone's creative thoughts, one of The Hocking Hills' favorite bed and breakfast getaways is offering a free weekend stay for two to reward the best description of that perfect bed and breakfast occasion.  #2 and #3 entries receive $50 and  $25 gift certificates.  To enter, put your best creative effort into a paragraph and post it on your Blog or Facebook and include a link to Inn at Cedar Falls (innatcedarfalls.com). Then send an email to info@innatcedarfalls.com that includes your entry paragraph along with your contact information.
Midnight October 30, 2009 is the deadline for entries...winners are to be … (0 comments)

ohio: Free Fun in Ohio's Hocking Hills Region - 10/13/09 05:09 AM
Fall's colors are headed for their peak, but there's still plenty of time and things to do for leaf-peepers throughout southeast Ohio's famous vacation destination region (event attendance free):
Hocking Hills State Park (740-385-6841 for information):
October 16th - Cedar Falls Stroll with the naturalist - 3pm                                             
 October 16th - Rose Lake Excursion with the naturalist & the Hocking Hills Canoe Livery HOCKING HILLS CANOE LIVERY - 6pm, guided trip, approx. 1 hour...must pre-register in person at the camp office; meet at Rose Lake dam. 

October 17th - Grandma Gatewood Trail Fall Color Hike - 1pm; join  the naturalist … (0 comments)

ohio: Please Feed the Appraisers…Good & Plenty For MLS Information & Unique Properties - 10/06/09 04:42 AM
You can find plenty of articles about how changing appraisal practices have affected how homes are bought, sold, and financed.  What you might not learn until you talk things over with an experienced appraiser in an objective setting is how comparable sales information and the recording of it are also making a difference.
Scan your average MLS listing and see whether the listing agent has simply used the maximum character count allowed for the description, and for evidence that suggests hurried data entry selections. 
If the listing is suspect along those sorts of lines, how does that facilitate the appraisal process?  … (1 comments)

ohio: Please Feed the Appraisers…Good & Plenty For MLS Information - 10/06/09 04:40 AM
You can find plenty of articles about how changing appraisal practices have affected how homes are bought, sold, and financed.  What you might not learn until you talk things over with an experienced appraiser in an objective setting is how comparable sales information and the recording of it are also making a difference.
Scan your average MLS listing and see whether the listing agent has simply used the maximum character count allowed for the description, and for evidence that suggests hurried data entry selections. 
If the listing is suspect along those sorts of lines, how does that facilitate the appraisal process?  … (0 comments)

ohio: Hilliard Schools Earn Another “Excellent with Distinction” Rating - 09/25/09 02:28 AM
For the second straight year, the Ohio Department of Education has awarded the Hilliard City School District its highest rating on its annual report card for the 2008-09 school year.  Hilliard also boosted its Performance Index to 101.5 (maximum 120), its highest number since ODE began determining ratings in the late 1990's. 
The ninth largest school district in the state of Ohio, Hilliard met 29 out of 30 state "indicators" and also met goals for Annual Yearly Progress and received a +/Above grade for the Value Added Measure.  All 21 district schools showed a Performance Index Score of 94 or more.
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