Life in Delaware County

What’s The Average Commute Time In Delaware County?

21 Jan , 2023  

By Stacker

American commutes are getting longer, with a U.S. Census Bureau report released in 2021 revealing the average one-way commute in 2019 reached a record high of 27.6 minutes. Combined with high gas prices, workers’ daily commutes are increasingly time-consuming and expensive—so much so that some are calling for commutes to count as part of the workday.

Even worse are travel times for “super commuters”—that unlucky 10% of Americans traveling more than one hour each way to punch a clock.

Stacker compiled statistics about the average commute in Delaware County using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics are calculated based on 2020 5-year estimates. Delaware County has a longer commute than three out of six neighboring counties, with Franklin County, OH having the shortest commute at 22.3 minutes. More…

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Life in Delaware County

SourcePoint Awards Community Grants To 15 Local Organizations

20 Jan , 2023  

SourcePoint’s board of directors approved $423,266 in grant funding for 18 aging services programs in Delaware County. Each year, SourcePoint awards funding to local nonprofit and government organizations to broaden the support available to the community’s older adults. Funding existing programs is a costeffective, efficient way to address the various needs of the older population. As Delaware County’s most comprehensive aging services provider, SourcePoint’s grants foster a collaborative system of care for local seniors and family caregivers.

Each year, a committee made up of SourcePoint board, staff, and community members reviews grant applications and selects organizations that fill service gaps in the community, providing needed services to older adults. Those awarded grants for 2023 include the following:

The Alzheimer’s Association
$47,000 to provide supportive services to individuals living with dementia and their caregivers.

Cancer Support Community
$6,800 for community-based educational programs for those living with cancer and their families. More…

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Award-Winning Novelist, Screenwriter, Television Writer Coming To Speak

19 Jan , 2023  

Special to 1808Delaware

Join multiple award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and television writer Neal Shusterman for what promises to be an unforgettable evening. He will speak at Olentangy Liberty Middle School on February 8; reserve your free seat now.

Shusterman has earned a reputation as a storyteller and dynamic speaker. Over the course of the evening, he will discuss his popular “Arc of a Scythe” series and share stories illuminating the positive influence of school and teachers on his life. Following his presentation and a brief Q&A, he will be available for a book signing.

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times best-selling author of over thirty novels for children, teens, and adults. He won the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for Challenger Deep-and his novel, Scythe, was a 2017 Michael L. Printz Honor book, and is in development with Universal Studios as a feature film. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Mental Health & Recovery Services Board Begins Year With New Logo And Slogan

18 Jan , 2023  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board is beginning 2023 with more than just New Year’s resolutions. The Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt a new logo, slogan, and branding guidelines to begin the year.

The Board has been proudly serving the area for nearly 55 years. In that time, the concepts of care, recovery, illness, and support have morphed and adapted, and so too has the board’s mission and vision.

This need for simultaneous stability and flexibility has never been more evident than during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The communal stress and anxiety associated with the pandemic highlighted the need for effective, efficient, local, and accessible behavioral healthcare. The DMMHRSB never wavered, developing new programs, assisting providers with support and planning, and ensuring the safety net of services, programs, and supports was consistent and unfailing.

There is no better symbol of stability, adaptability, and flexibility than a tree. Because of this, we can think of no better representative of our organization, and we are proud to present our new logo. More…

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Life in Delaware County

There’s Still To To Express Your Opinion On Ohio’s Outdoors

13 Jan , 2023  

Special to 1808Delaware

People have been spending a lot of time outdoors in Ohio, whether it’s kayaking, camping, hiking, fishing, or swimming.

There are just two weeks left to let the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) know what you want to see more of in the great outdoors. The statewide survey to contribute to Ohio’s State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is available through the end of this month.

Feedback from the survey will help determine outdoor recreation priorities of Ohioans. The survey results will be included in the five-year SCORP, which provides information on recreation trends and serves as a reference document for state officials distributing federal and state grants for public park facilities around the state.

To have your opinion heard, take the survey here. The survey closes January 31.

Source: ODNR

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Life in Delaware County

Chocolate Lovers: This Downtown Walk Is For You

13 Jan , 2023  

By 1808Delaware

An annual tradition which is both sweet and sentimental takes place again this year along the streets of downtown Delaware.

According to its website, the 2023 edition of the Main Street Delaware Chocolate Walk is a tasty experience you won’t want to miss. With your $25 ticket, you will visit downtown businesses and receive a treat at each one. Each business thoughtfully prepares a chocolate treat for you to experience their business in a unique, yummy way.

The tour begins at the Delaware Welcome Center (20 East Winter Street) on Saturday, February 11 where you will receive your tour map and a goody bag for toting your chocolate. Your tour is self-guided and lasts for 6 hours. Tour starts at 12 noon and goes until 6 PM.

Tickets for the 2023 Chocolate Walk can be purchased online here. They are also available during registration on the day of the event for $30.

For more information call 740.362.6050 or email Main Street Delaware at: officeassistant@mainstreetdelaware.com.

Image by Alexander Stein from Pixabay

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Changes Announced At Delaware County District Library

9 Jan , 2023  

By 1808Delaware

In the past few days, changes have been announced which impact the services and schedule for the Delaware County Distirct Library.

Magazines – Beginning this month, you will be able to check out current issues of magazines at the Library and taken them home with you. These will circulate in the same fashion as books and other items. There is a limit of 20 magazines at a time and a time limit of two weeks.

New Operating Hours – In December, the Delaware County District Library Board of Trustees approved new operating hours and holiday closures for 2023. The new schedule takes effect on Saturday, January 28.

The new hours are as follows, according to a DCDL press release: More…

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Comment Period Continues For Possible US 23 Changes Through Delaware County

8 Jan , 2023  

By 1808Delaware

The exploration of alternatives to the congestion on the US 23 Corridor continues after an initial consideration of major construction projects by the Ohio Department of Transportation showed no cost-effective way to construct a major bypass.

To that end, ODOT has created an online portal focusing on the Corridor as it goes north of Columbus through Delaware County. Specifically, the focus is on the section from I-270 north to Waldo just over the border in Marion County.

As shared by ODOT, “Route 23 Connect Phase B builds upon analysis and engagement of Route 23 Connect Phase A, which considered possible free-flow connections between Waldo and I-270.

The Phase A Executive Summary can be found in the Document Section of this website. The cost, complexity, and environmental impact of the concepts presented in Phase A were too high to pursue further so the study is shifting its focus toward identifying smaller-scale improvements.” More…

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SourcePoint Welcomes Four New Board Members

5 Jan , 2023  

Special to 1808Delaware

SourcePoint announces the appointment of four new members to its board of directors, as well as the full slate of officers and board members for 2023. Joining the board of directors are William Brown, Ron Fantozzi, Anna Horstman, and Cheri Thompson.

William (Bill) Brown is a retired quality assurance executive who previously served on SourcePoint’s board of directors from 2015 through 2018. Prior to that, Brown served on the board of Senior Citizens Inc. from 2011 through 2014. He brings extensive knowledge of the history of the nonprofit organization, as well as Delaware County’s aging population. A Delaware resident, Brown has volunteered for several years as a special projects committee member at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, as well as a fitness center attendant and golf league coordinator at SourcePoint.

Ron Fantozzi, a Columbus resident, recently retired from Trane Technologies and has extensive volunteer experience. For over 30 years, he has volunteered at local organizations, including the Jaycees, Kenton High School, SourcePoint, and the Special Olympics. Fantozzi also serves on the board of directors for his Homeowners Association and was a trustee of the Alum Creek Sailing Association for three years.

Anna (Annie) Horstman is a physician who moved to Delaware County from Putnam County upon retirement. In Putnam County, she served on the health board and library board. Since moving to Delaware, Horstman has been an active participant in SourcePoint’s community programs. From 2020 through 2022, she served on the Delaware-Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. More…

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Preservation Parks Offering Another Winter Letterbox Adventure

4 Jan , 2023  

By 1808Delaware

Preservation Parks of Delaware County has announced a special Winter Letterbox adventure.

Looking for something to ward off cabin fever? Then bundle up the family and get out into the parks. Much like its popular Summer Letterbox Adventure, this year clues will guide you on a winter exploration of five different parks.

Adults can stop by Deer Haven Park Visitor Center or the Delaware County District Library (Main or Orange branch) to sign-up and receive a booklet for your family. You may also register online here and receive a PDF booklet.  You already have an account if you registered online for the 2021-22 Winter Letterbox or you have participated in other programs that require registration at Preservation Parks in the past 1.5 years. Otherwise, registration is a 2-step process. First, create an account, and then register for the program to receive a PDF Letterbox booklet.

No matter how you register (in person or online) you only need to do it once. More…

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