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MonroeClassmate
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  Message Not Read  CoronaFest
   Posted: 3/17/2020 4:52:19 PM 
Are the outside housers only going to consume Corona? Because the Irish lost St. Patrick's Day OUr students should at least consume some Guiness and Jamison and Baileys don't you think?

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Colleges-Emptied-Dorms-...

Last Edited: 3/17/2020 4:53:05 PM by MonroeClassmate

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Alan Swank
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  Message Not Read  RE: CoronaFest
   Posted: 3/17/2020 6:07:17 PM 
Had to deliver a package uptown and then drove down Court Street from Baker to the Armory. It's surreal. Except for the restaurants like Subway that do carryout anyway, most everything else is closed. The strangest thing was seeing a totally blank marquee on the Athena. I'm afraid that come September, there may be some empty storefronts or at least new names on some familiar haunts.
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rpbobcat
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  Message Not Read  RE: CoronaFest
   Posted: 3/18/2020 6:19:51 AM 
Alan Swank wrote:
I'm afraid that come September, there may be some empty storefronts or at least new names on some familiar haunts.


That's a big concern in this part of North Jersey.

The places that serve food are offering take out/delivery.
It will be interesting to see if it catches on.

They are also temporarily allowing places with "consumption only' licenses to
sell bottles and cans of beer.

One thing also under consideration is allowing out door dining,with tables several feet apart.
You'd pick up your food and eat outside.

We went to a couple of places Monday night to say "good luck" to the staffs.

Both owners said they were told that,with luck,they could reopen in a couple of weeks.

We'll see.

Both said they could handle 2 weeks.
Much more then that would be tough.

I see that Pa. closed their State Stores.
Any word if Ohio will do that.



Last Edited: 3/18/2020 7:03:41 AM by rpbobcat

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BillyTheCat
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  Message Not Read  RE: CoronaFest
   Posted: 3/18/2020 10:08:37 AM 
rpbobcat wrote:
Alan Swank wrote:
I'm afraid that come September, there may be some empty storefronts or at least new names on some familiar haunts.


That's a big concern in this part of North Jersey.

The places that serve food are offering take out/delivery.
It will be interesting to see if it catches on.

They are also temporarily allowing places with "consumption only' licenses to
sell bottles and cans of beer.

One thing also under consideration is allowing out door dining,with tables several feet apart.
You'd pick up your food and eat outside.

We went to a couple of places Monday night to say "good luck" to the staffs.

Both owners said they were told that,with luck,they could reopen in a couple of weeks.

We'll see.

Both said they could handle 2 weeks.
Much more then that would be tough.

I see that Pa. closed their State Stores.
Any word if Ohio will do that.





Most OHIO state stores now lie in grocery stores, remember PA is different, just allowing beer at gas stations (very few) about 18 months ago.
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Sean Gallagher
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  Message Not Read  RE: CoronaFest
   Posted: 3/22/2020 7:01:51 PM 
Unfortunately, it looks like some locals will get their wish. Leading up to the month of March, I read endless on-line complaints about scooters, "fest" season and students generally ruining the town.

Some of these locals need to drive through Pomeroy or Middleport to see what the lack of an economic engine (like a viable university with students) can do to an otherwise proud town

I'm no expert, but my son (2018 OU graduate) says a lot of his age group will take a pass on coming back to Athens. Its understandable that a lot of parents will want their kids to be closer to home once this lifts.

I certainly hope OU is not adversely impacted, but like all businesses, everyone is going to take a hit.

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greencat
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  Message Not Read  RE: CoronaFest
   Posted: 3/23/2020 9:27:09 AM 
Sean Gallagher wrote:
Unfortunately, it looks like some locals will get their wish. Leading up to the month of March, I read endless on-line complaints about scooters, "fest" season and students generally ruining the town.

Some of these locals need to drive through Pomeroy or Middleport to see what the lack of an economic engine (like a viable university with students) can do to an otherwise proud town

I'm no expert, but my son (2018 OU graduate) says a lot of his age group will take a pass on coming back to Athens. Its understandable that a lot of parents will want their kids to be closer to home once this lifts.

I certainly hope OU is not adversely impacted, but like all businesses, everyone is going to take a hit.



Nice picture of Swanky's. Did you even know townies John and Jeff that live upstairs above it?
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Sean Gallagher
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  Message Not Read  RE: CoronaFest
   Posted: 3/23/2020 10:01:15 AM 
I did not know John or Jeff personally, but I had heard of them. I was good friends with a girl from high school days named Karen that Ivan Faske went out with around 1977. Swanky's was a very unusual place to say the least. I don't think a place like that could exist in today's world. Swanky's was at 34 S. Court where CVS is today. I picked the photo as my avatar just because people in Athens from that era all seem to have a story or two about Swanky's.
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greencat
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  Message Not Read  RE: CoronaFest
   Posted: 3/23/2020 11:41:38 AM 
Sean Gallagher wrote:
I did not know John or Jeff personally, but I had heard of them. I was good friends with a girl from high school days named Karen that Ivan Faske went out with around 1977. Swanky's was a very unusual place to say the least. I don't think a place like that could exist in today's world. Swanky's was at 34 S. Court where CVS is today. I picked the photo as my avatar just because people in Athens from that era all seem to have a story or two about Swanky's.


By 1980, Jeff had moved to Columbus after he and John fell out. I hung out with Jeff a few times in Columbus and was surprised what a regular suburban guy he had turned into so quickly.

Nothing lasts forever... the more things change, the more they DON'T stay the same. At least that is my observation.
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BillyTheCat
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  Message Not Read  RE: CoronaFest
   Posted: 3/23/2020 7:45:05 PM 
Sean Gallagher wrote:
Unfortunately, it looks like some locals will get their wish. Leading up to the month of March, I read endless on-line complaints about scooters, "fest" season and students generally ruining the town.

Some of these locals need to drive through Pomeroy or Middleport to see what the lack of an economic engine (like a viable university with students) can do to an otherwise proud town

I'm no expert, but my son (2018 OU graduate) says a lot of his age group will take a pass on coming back to Athens. Its understandable that a lot of parents will want their kids to be closer to home once this lifts.

I certainly hope OU is not adversely impacted, but like all businesses, everyone is going to take a hit.



Not sure where you have seen locals not wanting the students in town. Sure maybe some anonymous sound bite in the ANews, but hardly the sentiment of local people.
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Sean Gallagher
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  Message Not Read  RE: CoronaFest
   Posted: 3/23/2020 11:46:57 PM 
I respectfully disagree. There's a sizable distaste for students among a large portion of the Athens community. It may be superficial to some, but its there. I won't revisit all the "Athens Voice" comments or endless remarks on social media, but they're all out there. I understand how folks react and say things in the immediate moment of student misbehavior, but the truth is a lot of folks in Athens think this money (income from students) will always be there. The reality is far different.
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BillyTheCat
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  Message Not Read  RE: CoronaFest
   Posted: 3/25/2020 8:44:38 AM 
Sean Gallagher wrote:
I respectfully disagree. There's a sizable distaste for students among a large portion of the Athens community. It may be superficial to some, but its there. I won't revisit all the "Athens Voice" comments or endless remarks on social media, but they're all out there. I understand how folks react and say things in the immediate moment of student misbehavior, but the truth is a lot of folks in Athens think this money (income from students) will always be there. The reality is far different.


The Athens Voice is a dozen folks who have no life, and like to slander stuff with anonymous comments. Again, can you support your actual claim? Me personally, ever local I know enjoys and cherishes the University
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Sean Gallagher
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  Message Not Read  RE: CoronaFest
   Posted: 3/25/2020 10:16:38 PM 
Me too. I own property in Athens and love my university. (Me a 78 grad, My son a 2018 grad) Maybe I'm just being pessimistic, but I always get deflated when I read negative comments about "student behavior." I certainly hope you'e right and the more plentiful and smarter heads prevail.

Last Edited: 3/25/2020 10:17:48 PM by Sean Gallagher

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