So majestic and beautiful… The Weekend Is Coming!

Weekend Wednesday at Buckeye Honda

Weekend Wednesday at Buckeye HondaIt’s Wednesday and we can already see the weekend from here.  Let’s get out and enjoy the weekend and have some fun!  Share with us your pictures of what you do this weekend!


Downtown Lancaster Winter Carnival – Saturday December 6th

Visit with Santa at his new house on Main Street, craft market, beautifully decorated Christmas trees, participate in the 90.9 cookie bake-off, and fun activities such as cookie decorating, ornament making, and children’s crafts (most of which are free). The Lancaster Holiday Handmade Market will be going on all weekend at The Lodge In Lancaster, LLC. Don’t forget to look for the elf hiding in participating business. Be sure to stamp your passport each time you find an elf and you will be eligible for our drawing! Enjoy the Tour of Trees in the Chamber of Commerce office, 18 artificial trees are decorated by businesses, organizations and groups and then donated to a family in need of holiday cheer. Trees are also located in participating downtown businesses. Hundreds will join us for a great day Downtown, and we hope you will be one of them!

Bring the whole family and experience the holidays in Downtown Lancaster, Saturday, December 6th, Noon-4pm.



Downtown Lancaster Annual Tree Lighting – Saturday December 6th

Join Destination Downtown Lancaster and the Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department for the official Downtown Lancaster Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 6th. Enjoy a performance by the Singing Gales of Lancaster, visit with Santa, free cookies and hot chocolate, and help countdown and light up the community Christmas tree. This is a family friendly and free event. Music begins at 5:45pm and the ceremony begins at 6pm.

Downtown Lancaster during the holidays has something for everyone. We invite you to be a part of our great traditions, and to start your own! Downtown Lancaster for the holidays…Yule Love It!


Hocking Valley Santa Train

Time: 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm
Location: 33 West Canal Street, Nelsonville, Ohio
Phone: 1-800-967-7834hvtrain
Nov 29-30 Dec 07, 13-14, 20-21, 2014

Make this year’s holiday memorable with a ride on Santa’s Special Train and the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway! On-board you’ll enjoy Christmas poems and festive music. Santa Claus boards the train and visits with each child as the train traverses the countryside.  There’s also a special treat from Mrs. Santa for each child.

Train dates: Every Saturday and Sunday for four weeks starting in December. Trains depart on Saturdays at 11am, 2pm and 6pm. Trains depart on Sunday at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

A fun and memorable time for the entire family, the Santa train is a great way to enjoy Southeastern Ohio during the Christmas season. Find out more by visiting the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway web site or by calling 1-800-967-7834.


Grand Illumination Ceremony – Friday December 5

Dates: December 5, 2014
Location: Bicentennial Park/Downtowngrandill
Hours: Friday 5-11 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address:233 Civic Center Dr.Columbus, 43215

Mayor Michael B. Coleman invites you to celebrate the holiday season and Grand Illumination of Bicentennial Park and the Scioto Mile. Enjoy traditional carols, a custom light show choreographed to seasonal music, and a special appearance by Santa! In the spirit of giving, support the Empty Bowls project by purchasing a piece of handcrafted pottery and receive a bowl of hearty chicken and dumpling soup compliments of Milestone 229.



So did you here? The WEEKEND is coming!

Weekend Wednesday at Buckeye Honda

Weekend Wednesday at Buckeye HondaHere comes the weekend, get out and enjoy it.  We love being part of a great community and every Wednesday we like to share some upcoming events with you, so you can get out and enjoy the wonderfulness that is THE WEEKEND!

 holiday_parade-2014Lancaster Holiday Parade – Saturday Nov. 22 10 am – 1 pm

Downtown Lancaster

Enjoy the timeless tradition of the Holiday Festival Parade.
Thousands of people line the streets to see; decorative floats, animals, tractors, live music, entertainers, Santa and much more.

Parade route begins at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds
heading south on Columbus Street. Route turns east onto Main Street through Downtown. Parade goes north on Broad Street, returning to the Fairgrounds.

The parade lasts approximately 2 hours.



Dates: November 21, 2014 eastonlighting
Location: Easton Town Center
Hours: Friday 6-7 p.m.
Address:160 Easton Town CenterColumbus, 43219

Join us Friday, November 21, for our 16th Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony. Help us celebrate the simple and unexpected joys of Christmas with entertainment that will involve, engage and surprise. Watch children’s eyes sparkle as Santa arrives, along with a special guest, to illuminate Easton’s 50-ft Christmas tree and a breathtaking display of lights! Cap the evening’s festivities with a visit to Easton Station for photos with Santa, along with extra surprises along the way. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the season, and it’s only at Easton!.


logo-fpcFAMILY FUN: THANKFUL TREE – Saturday Nov 22

Location: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Hours: Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Make a Thankful Tree craft, perfect for your Thanksgiving table décor. At 2pm, enjoy a concert by The Pinta Columbus Children’s Choir.



Dates: November 17, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday 5-10 p.m.

View the Columbus Zoo in a new light during Wildlights, a spectacular celebration of winter. Brighten your holiday season with more than three million twinkling lights, activities for children, Santa Claus and a variety of festive activities for the family


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When your car won’t start what should you do?

servicesaturdaySo let us set the scene… You are already to get to where you need to go and you take a seat in your trusty ride when …. IT WON”T START! What? Not today!  Any day but today, not today!

So what do you do now? First if you are by yourself YELL… yes Yell… no this will not make your car start but it will make you feel a little better and then we can move on to figuring out what to do next.

The next step is to try and start the vehicle once more and listen to the vehicle.  Often times we can figure out what is going on by the noises we hear or don’t hear.

  • Silence: If you turn the key and hear nothing, you might be having an issue with your battery cables. They bring the charge from your battery to the starterstart2 to get things rolling, so if they’re corroded, broken, or loose, you’ve got a problem. You can try checking them to see if they’re in good shape, but you may need to replace them. That’s where our Buckeye Honda and Toyota techs come in!
  • Turning over but not starting: If you turn the key and hear the engine attempting to start but not quite getting there, you might have a problem with your spark plugs or your fuel system. Neither are things you can quickly fix, so you may want to call our Honda or Toyota service center in Lancaster and schedule an appointment to get things working efficiently again!
  • Clicking: If you turn the key and hear a clicking noise and then silence, your battery may be dead! Try turning on your headlights or using your power door locks – if you can’t do either, you definitely have a dead battery. You can get a jump and head to your destination, but make sure you head into our Honda or Toyota service departments to have it checked out. You may need to replace the battery, or something in the charging system may not be functioning properly.  Our Central Ohio Honda and Toyota Technicians can run a quick diagnostic on the battery and charging system quickly we won’t break the bank.

startNow if you have  an older vehicle the weather might be to reason for your vehicle not cooperating.  Cold weather and older faulty fuel injection systems don’t get along real well.  The Rain and old distributor caps usually don’t play well together either.  The good news is the Qualified Honda and Toyota Technicians at Buckeye in Lancaster Ohio are equipped to handle these issues and get you back on the road quickly.

One of the best ways to not get stranded is to have your vehicle maintained regularly, including a battery and charging system check when you are in the dealership.  Again this is quick and free with service and can really save you a lot of time, hassle and headaches.  So the next time you are in at Buckeye ask them to check your battery, you might just save yourself the need to Yell!

Buckeye Honda Service can be reached at 740-653-7678 and Buckeye Toyota Service can be reached at 740-654-3943

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Texting while driving has become a very serious problem and needs everyone’s attention.   At Buckeye Honda and Toyota we love our clients and we love seeing them come into the dealership for service, sales or even to just say Hello!  We are hearing stories almost every day about an accident or near accident from our clients and associates caused by distracted driving.  You wouldn’t believe what some of our delivery vendors, parts drivers and porters have seen in their daily travels.

There is no message so important that you have to read it or respond to it… IT CAN WAIT.  There is no Facebook status so important or a meme so funny that it can’t wait… IT CAN WAIT.  At Buckeye we urge you to pledge not to text and drive.  If not for yourself how about that van with a family headed in the other direction that you won’t see because you were looking at your phone.  IT CAN WAIT.


If you are in a vehicle with a driver that can’t wait you are responsible to tell them to stop.  This can be hard to do, but would it be easier to do than having to look at a parent that lost a child because you didn’t?  Here’s some scary statistic:

  • If you text and drive, you’re 23 times more likely to have a car crash.
  • Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field.textdrive-sign1
  • 11% of all drivers under 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
  • According to the Harris Poll, 49% of drivers with cell phones under the age of 35 send or read text messages while driving.
  • 60% of drivers use cell phones while driving.
  • 57% of drivers rate themselves as better than the average driver.
  • 42% of young adult drivers are very/somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving.
  • 68% of teens and young adults disagreed that it is easy to text while driving and still pay attention to the road.
  • 49% of adults say they have been passengers in a car when the driver was sending or reading text messages on their cell phone.
  • 36% of teens say they have been involved in a near-crash because of their own or someone else’s distracted driving.
  • 78% of teens and young adults say they have read an SMS message while driving.
  • 71% of teens and young people say they have composed/sent SMS messages while driving.
  • The United States Department of Transportation notes that cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year that cause a half million injuries and take 6,000 lives.
  • A study from the University of Utah indicated that the reaction time of a teen driver using a cell phone is the same as that of a 70-year-old driver who is not using a cell phone
  • According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an auto crash than driving when intoxicated.

There are a number of other statistics that will just astound you but we hope this got the point across.  It Can Wait… it really can.

donttextanddriveTexting while driving has become the number one driving distraction for many people. Drivers need to be aware of the dangers and keep their attention on the road, not on their cell phones or other mobile devices.

Think you can text and drive?  Try it on the it can wait simulator.  It uses your smart phone and a computer screen so you can see how well you can do it.  We didn’t make it past the second text before we were pulled over.  TRY IT HERE!


The Weekend Will Be Here Before You Know It – Enjoy

Weekend Wednesday at Buckeye HondaHere comes the weekend, get out and enjoy it.  We love being part of a great community and every Wednesday we like to share some upcoming events with you, so you can get out and enjoy the wonderfulness that is THE WEEKEND!

Bed, Bath and Boudoir Glass Exhibition

Ohio Glass Museumglass

124 W. Main St., Lancaster, Ohio 43130

This is a collection of DeVilbiss perfumers, produced and marketed between 1924 and 1932 in Toledo. Two local collectors have brought in over 200 selections of tumble-ups. A few of the Avon pressed glass items have come out of the archives. Other contributors have loaned some of their collections of antique glass pieces that were often found around the bedrooms and boudoirs in the past. Visiting glass artist, Jim Lehnert, has brought in several selections of his hand blown glass perfume bottles. The exhibition “Bed, Bath and Boudoir” will be in place through March 1. The museum is open 1:00 to 4:00 Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is closed on Sundays in November through February as well as Mondays and holidays.


Empty Bowls Chili Cook Off – Friday, Nov. 711:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Reflections Retirement Communityemptybowl

2750 W. Fair Ave., Lancaster, OH 43130

This event will feature the following guest judges The Honorable David S. Smith, Mayor, Fire Chief David Ward, Travis Markwood, Lancaster chamber president, Sheriff Dave Phalen and Temple Montanez from Art & Clay on Main. This event benefits the Lancaster Salvation Army Food Pantry.

Registration: Please contact Reflections Retirement for tickets. =  740-653-1423

Saturday In The Park – Saturday, Nov. 810:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

Alley Park – Lancaster Parks and Recreation

2805 Old Logan Road SE, Lancaster, OH 43130Goslin Nature Center – Lower Level

Ticket Pricing: The cost is $4 for each child or $10 for a family.

 Families with children three-years-old and up are invited to join an outdoor educator for a special program on squirrels. This event will include a lesson, game, craft, and even a hike around the Nature Center Going Squirrelly

DOWNTOWN LIVE – Friday, November 7, 2014firstlive

Downtown LIVE! is a new event this year as Destination Downtown Lancaster works with downtown businesses to coordinate special events in the businesses the first Friday of each month.
Different businesses (including restaurants, shops and museums) will choose to participate during different months and have different offerings such as live music, discounts, exhibit openings, along with a variety of entertainment options. This is your opportunity to take advantage of the best that Downtown has to offer on one great night.
For A Complete Listing Of Businesses and Events visit the website at


Dates: October 11 – November 14, 2014 cloak
Location: Shanes Dinner Theater
Hours: Friday-Saturday 7-10 p.m.
Admission: $49.17 – $68.12
Address:447 E. Livingston Ave.Columbus, 43215
Spyballs:Death of a Secret Agent is an original Cloak & Dagger musical murder mystery. You are a guest at the 50th annual Spy Ball. Secret gadgets, double agents and an evil master plan? If it sounds dangerous it’s because it is! Help Agent 000113 solve the crime and save the world!


Halloween Driver Safety Tips

thursdayOn Halloween, your neighborhood will literally be swarming with children, and it’s your job to be sure they take their treats home safely. Trick-or-treating, a fun-filled activity that little ghosts and goblins look forward to each October, can quickly turn into a night of horror if someone is hurt.

For motorists, the scariest part of Halloween are children dressed in dark colors and in costumes that cover their eyes out walking on streets and roadways at dusk when many adults are still driving home from work.


Sadly, Halloween is a dangerous night. While excited trick-or-treaters may forget the rules of the road and be oblivious to the hazards, we, as motorists must be vigilant.

The CDC found that the number of deaths among young pedestrians (ages 5-14) is four times higher on Halloween evening than any other evening of the year.

Data from the USDOT shows that:

  • Fatal collisions between motor vehicles and young pedestrians (under 15 years of age) happen most frequently between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. — prime trick-or-treating time.
  • 84% of deaths among young pedestrians occurred at non-intersection locations (indicating children are most likely to dart and dash from mid-block into the street).

Halloween is also one of the year’s most dangerous holidays on the road due to alcohol-related crashes caused by those who drink and drive after parties and festivities. Two-thirds of all highway fatalities at Halloween are alcohol-related. Don’t even think about getting behind the wheel if you’re impaired.


Halloween driving “tricks” to keep everyone safe

To help everyone bring home treats — not tragedies — follow these tips for a safe Halloween:

  • Don’t use a cell phone while driving through neighborhoods. A single distraction could lead to a tragedy.
  • Stay well below the posted speed limit.
  • Pay attention to what’s happening on sidewalks and roadways. Watch for children darting across streets, especially between parked cars.
  • Be extra alert when pulling in and out of driveways.
  • Do not assume children can see you or are paying attention. You need to take that responsibility.
  • Drivers should also check that all lights on their car work.
  • Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway. They could be dropping off children.
  • If you’re driving a group of children, but staying in the running vehicle at the curb, be sure to put on your hazard lights to alert other motorists.
  • And if you’re driving to a Halloween party, put that mask on after you park the car.


Parents can help motorists, too:

  • Make sure drivers can see the children. Give them flashlights and glow sticks. Dress kids in bright, reflective clothing or use reflective tape on their costumes.
  • Use makeup, rather than masks, so children have a clear, unobstructed view of their surroundings.
  • Be sure children know how to cross a street — look left, right and left again before crossing.
  • Instruct children to stay on sidewalks and to cross only at corners or crosswalks.
  • Accompany your children as they trick or treat.

Buckeye hopes everyone has a great Halloween


Warning: The Weekend Is Coming Oct 23-26

Weekend Wednesday at Buckeye HondaWe can see the Weekend coming and we are getting excited… but what are we going to do?  Here is a list of things to help us make a decision!  Let’s Go WEEKEND!!


Dates: October 25, 2014
Location: COSI Columbus
Hours: Saturday 8 a.m.-noon
Admission: $25-$45
The COSI Costume Fun & Run featuring a 5K race and one mile family fun walk, all with a COSI twist. All participants will receive an event t-shirt, food and beverages at the finish line celebration, and a general admission pass to COSI for our Spooktacular Celebration. Funds raised from this year’s COSI Costume Fun & Run will help support the opening of COSI’s Planetarium.


Dates: October 25, 2014
Location: COSI Columbus
Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: $12.95-$17.95

Ghosts, witches, super heroes, princesses and everyone in between are invited to roam and explore COSI for a day of tricks and treats! Visit different stations throughout COSI to see if they hold a science trick or a tasty treat! Free with COSI admission or Membership.


ates: October 25, 2014 halloween2
Location: Deerassic Park Education Center
Hours: Saturday noon-5 p.m.
Address:14250 Cadiz Road and US 22Cambridge, 43725

Halloween and fall themed outdoor family activities during the day. Enjoy food, storytelling, games, kid?s crafts and more. Featured art and craft vendors will be displaying and selling their merchandise. Evening children?s events include costume judging and our community supported Trail of Treats in The Enchanted Forest.


Dates: October 24-25, 2014
Location: Short North Arts District
Hours: Friday 5-11:45 p.m. Saturday 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Admission: $5

HighBall has become one of the most talked about fashion events in the Midwest. The festivities take place directly on High Street in the blocks connecting the famed Short North Arts District to the Arena District and Downtown Columbus.  Billed as “the nation’s fiercest costume party,” Columbus’ HighBall attracts thousands of awesomely attired partiers to the city’s Short North district for two nights, Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25. Among the activities: a Costume Couture Fashion Show, a Public Costume Contest, HighBall Runway Run (a costumed 5K) and a 1980s-themed tribute concert.


Halloween On The Hocking halloweenonthehocking1

Corn Mazes can be scary but nothing compares to the thrill of Halloween on the Hocking. Enjoy a 3/4 mile canoe trip before you embark on a terrifying ride through the haunted campground. For those lucky enough to survive the tour will hear the horrifying Native American ghost story of what Halloween is really about.The fun starts at 6 p.m. on three Saturdays this month, October 11, 18 and 25. Price is $45 per canoe, which holds two adults and two children. The evening kicks off at the Hocking Hills Family Fun Center in Rockbridge. Reservations are required: or 1-800-686-0386.