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ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning October 24

23 Oct , 2021  

By: ODOT District6; 1808Delaware

ODOT District 6 has released its weekly report highlighting road construction projects which are beginning or underway in the multi-county area it serves. What follows are posted projects taking place within Delaware County and Franklin County.

Please stay safe and pay attention to these closures and work taking place during the week beginning on October 24.

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Near Peak Conditions Now Being Seen In Some Areas

16 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

While some areas are now seeing near peak conditions of fall color, patchy conditions continue throughout the Buckeye State due to cloudy, rainy weather and warmer temperatures, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“In general, the weather across the state has not been ideal for vibrant fall color development,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester David Parrott. “The warm temperatures mixed with cloudy skies and rain have stunted and delayed fall color in some areas; however, some places are still on track to have a good display of yellows, oranges and reds in the coming weeks.” More…

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Westerville Police Need Help In ATM Theft

12 Oct , 2021  

The Westerville Division of Police (WPD) is seeking information about the person pictured below in connection with a theft from an ATM at 460 Polaris Parkway.

The suspect appears to be a white male with blue eyes and shorter hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact WPD in any of the following ways:

  • Anonymous tips may be left at (614) 901-6866
  • WPD Investigations tipline email: tipline@westerville.org
  • Call the WPD non-emergency line: (614) 882-7444

For more information on the Westerville Division of Police, please visit www.westerville.org/police.

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: State Route 257

12 Oct , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

At only 26.19 miles in length, it is one of the shorter state highways in Ohio. That said, there are few which are more scenic.

Starting at a roundabout in Dublin, Ohio State Route 257 is, for much of its length, closely tied to the Scioto River. With a southern terminus at a roundabout where US 33 and State Route 161 intersect, the highway travels through Franklin, Delaware, and Marion Counties, ending at State Route 47 just west of Prospect.

In six years, State Route 257 will be celebrating its centennial. Originally, the highway included only the portion which travels northward from Dublin along the east side of the Scioto; it was then expanded beginning in 1935. More…

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Commissioners Seeking Applications for Library Board Seat

11 Oct , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The Delaware County Board of Commissioners is currently seeking to appoint one (1) member to the Delaware County District Library Board of Trustees.

This public board consists of seven (7) members who each serve a seven-year term on the library board. In order to be eligible for appointment, the individual must be a registered voter within the library district or Delaware County. The Delaware County Board of Commissioners is seeking to appoint one (1) member to serve a full term beginning January 1, 2022, and ending on December 31, 2028.

The purpose of the Delaware County District Library Board is to have control and management of the district’s public libraries. More…

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ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning October 10

9 Oct , 2021  

By: ODOT District6; 1808Delaware

ODOT District 6 has released its weekly report highlighting road construction projects which are beginning or underway in the multi-county area it serves. What follows are posted projects taking place within Delaware County and Franklin County.

Please stay safe and pay attention to these closures and work taking place during the week beginning on October 10. More…

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Delaware County Schools, Long Term Care COVID Numbers Continue To Decline

8 Oct , 2021  

From record highs, Delaware County schools are now experiencing a rather sharp decline in reported infections of COVID-19 for children and staff. When the Ohio Department of Health shared updated numbers on Thursday, Delaware County districts and individual buildings reported a total of 85 infections in the last week in eight school settings. Two weeks ago, the number of total cases stood at 130. This week’s report included the following: More…

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Columbus Zoo And Aquarium To Appeal After Being Denied Accreditation

7 Oct , 2021  

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s leadership has notified the Association of Zoos and Aquarium (AZA) that the Zoo intends to appeal the accreditation commission’s decision to deny the Columbus Zoo’s accreditation. The appeal must be filed by October 30.

The accreditation visiting team commended the Zoo on 17 points of exemplary work in all aspects of Zoo operation, and the commission’s vote was not unanimous. The visiting team also specifically commended the changes made by new leadership and staff since the departure of the former CEO and CFO and in response to concerns about the acquisition and disposition of Ambassador Animals in the Animal Programs department. However, the accreditation commission said it wants to see that these changes can be sustained. They also expressed concern about the inappropriate financial management issues by former leadership. This spring, the Zoo’s board of directors initiated a forensic analysis, which identified the misuse of Zoo assets by the former leaders. These issues are still under investigation by the State of Ohio. More…

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ODNR’s Earth Sciences Week Includes Hike At Highbanks Metro Park

6 Oct , 2021  

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Geological Survey is inviting Ohioans to celebrate Earth Science Week with a series of activities and webinars. The annual celebration will be held October 10–16.

One of those programs will take place in Highbanks Metro Park, Lewis Center.

“Earth Science Week is the perfect opportunity for people to discover the earth sciences and learn how they can do their part to protect our planet,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “This year, we hope to help people learn to understand, conserve, and protect Earth’s most valuable resource, water.” More…

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Delaware County Probation Monitoring Gets Tech Upgrade

5 Oct , 2021  

Minneapolis-based Precision Kiosk Technologies has announced that Delaware County has become the first county in Ohio to use the AB Kiosk® system to conduct court-mandated client monitoring programs.

The Delaware County Probation Department had been conducting breathalyzer tests using hand-held devices – a process that requires face-to-face interaction between staff and clients and elevates the risk of COVID transmission. The AB Kiosk solves this problem by automating the entire alcohol-monitoring process, including daily test coordination and breathalyzer administration. This frees up staff for higher-value work and reduces administrative costs.

The Delaware County Probation Department has installed its AB Kiosk in the lobby of the Delaware County Courthouse at 70 North Union Street. Placing the Kiosk before building security reduces access to court buildings, protecting staff from potential COVID exposure. More…

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Ohio Muskie Fishing Flourishes Thanks To Stocking Efforts

4 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The muskellunge, or muskie, is a popular game fish that can grow to immense sizes in Ohio’s inland lakes, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Muskies are native to Ohio and top aquatic predators and the fisheries are maintained through fish hatchery efforts.

Nine Ohio reservoirs are stocked with muskie by the Division of Wildlife and one (Pymatuning Lake, on the Pennsylvania state line) is stocked by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Staff from Ohio’s London and Kincaid state fish hatcheries stock approximately 20,000 muskies measuring 8-12 inches every fall. “Historically, muskies were abundant in the bays and tributaries of Lake Erie and in many streams in the Ohio River drainage,” said Rich Zweifel, the Division of Wildlife’s Inland Fisheries Program Administrator. “Today, natural reproduction is rare because of habitat constraints in Ohio reservoirs. Stocking muskies in the fall contributes to higher survival because they can be stocked at larger sizes and in cooler water.” More…

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ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning October 3

2 Oct , 2021  

By: ODOT District6; 1808Delaware

ODOT District 6 has released its weekly report highlighting road construction projects which are beginning or underway in the multi-county area it serves. What follows are posted projects taking place within Delaware County and Franklin County.

Please stay safe and pay attention to these closures and work taking place during the week beginning on October 3. More…

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