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MUIRFIELD eNEWS: March 17, 2022

Primary Election; Happy St. Patrick's Day

HOA Board Meeting: At tonight's bimonthly HOA Board Meeting, General Manager Walter Zeier reported that the first of 25 to 30 semi loads of mulch was delivered yesterday and grounds crews are busily spreading that. Concrete repair work of the deck at the Glick pool will take place next week. Lifeguard hiring is underway, and the Muirfins Swim Team reported that they will be offering swim lessons during multiple 2-week sessions inn late summer. Board Member Paula Linehan reported that 65 residents attended the free landscape seminar at the Country Club of Muirfield Villager earlier this month and evaluation responses are being analyzed to help shape future programs. Fifty-seven residents applied to the Design Assistance Committee for approvals and 47 were granted immediately, with the remaking expected to be approved once additional info has been provided. The Board approved the three incumbents running for election to the Board and two additional residents who also applied to run. Ballots go our April 6th

Election update: Some years ago a few local elected officials remarked that many residents in Muirfield did not vote. The implication was that we should have minimal influence on policy-making in Dublin, even though at that time we comprised 20% of the population of Dublin. Hearing those comments, the Muirfield Civic Action Committee (CAC) decided to do more to encourage our residents to vote in each election -- primary, general, and special elections. Since that time, the CAC has been providing information on local candidates and on issues on the ballot.

Note that the Primary Election has long been schedule for May 3rd, but yesterday the Ohio Supreme Court rejected, for the third time, maps generated by the Ohio Legislature, finding them gerrymandered. This will likely throw off the dates for the election, for registering deadlines and more, but you can NOW act on the info below, and we will send you updates as they happen.

Voter Registration: If you have moved since the last election, update your registration, or if you have a child who turns 18 by the November election (Nov. 8), he or she can register now and vote even in the Primary Election coming up soon.. So, to lift the spirits of those of you who had planned to attend the parade, and thinking of our well-attended Landscape Seminar last night, here is a little Irish gardening humor for you ...

You are encouraged to vote: either … [a] in person at your precinct on election day, whenever that is; [b] through early voting by going to the County Board of Elections. Tuesday, April 5, is the first day of early voting, which means you can simply drive to the County Board of Elections and use the normal voting machines. See location and hours below. [c] or by absentee ballot. If you would like a mail ballot you can file a request today, right now, and print off two forms for each household voter and request an absentee ballot for both the Primary and General Elections. Absentee ballots can be obtained as follows:

Franklin County: https://vote.franklincountyohio.gov/Voters/Absentee-Voting Delaware County: https://vote.delawarecountyohio.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/absentee.pdf If you have already applied for an absentee ballot, it will be mailed to you beginning [????], by your County Board of elections, and should arrive soon thereafter. There is a feature on both the Delaware County and the Franklin County Board of Elections websites that will allow you to "track your ballot." This way you get an email and text message when your ballot is in the mail to you, and again when you have mailed it back, and finally a third time when the Board has received it and verified it as complete. It is very important that you return your completed ballot as soon as possible either by mail or by taking it to the County Board of Elections.

Here are the locations for voting early or for dropping off an absentee ballot if you prefer to not mail it. You can also look up a sample ballot for your address on these websites. Franklin County Board of Elections 1700 Morse Rd Columbus, OH 43229 614.525.3100 https://vote.franklincountyohio.gov/ Delaware County Board of Elections 2079 U.S. Highway 23 N P.O. Box 8006 Delaware, OH 43015 740.833.2080 https://vote.delawarecountyohio.gov/

Yay, we are happy to tell you that there are no new or renewal tax levies for either Franklin or Delaware Counties for this election.Finally, as this St. Patrick's Day in Dublin draws to a close, I offer little Irish humor for you ...

An Irishman moves into a tiny village in County Kerry, walks into the pub and promptly orders three beers. The bartender raises his eyebrows, but serves the man three beers, which he drinks quietly at a table, alone. An hour later, the man has finished the three beers and orders three more. This happens yet again. The next evening the man again orders and drinks three beers at a time, several times. Soon the entire town is whispering about the "Man Who Orders Three Beers." Finally, a week later, the bartender broaches the subject on behalf of the town. "I don't mean to pry, but folks around here are wondering why you always order three beers?"

"Tis odd, isn't it?" the man replies, "You see, I have two brothers, and one went to America, and the other to Australia. We promised each other that we would always order an extra two beers whenever we drank as a way of keeping up the family bond." The bartender and the whole town was pleased with this answer, and soon the "Man Who Orders Three Beers" became a local celebrity and source of pride to the village, even to the extent that out-of-towners would come to watch him drink.

Then, one day, the man comes in and orders only two beers. The bartender pours them with a heavy heart. This continues for the rest of the evening: he orders only two beers. The word flies around town. Prayers are offered for the soul of one of the brothers. The next day, the bartender says to the man, "Folks around here, me first of all, want to offer condolences to you for the death of your brother. You know-the two beers and all. The man ponders this for a moment then replies, "You'll be happy to hear that my two brothers are alive and well. It's just that I, myself, have decided to give up drinking for Lent.

Published March. 2022

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