Life in Delaware County, Ohio Wesleyan University

Painting The Town: Delaware Mural Project Workshops This Weekend

1 May , 2019  

The public is invited to participate in one or two three-hour workshops May 4 and May 5 to help inspire “Art for Everybody: The Delaware Mural Project,” a plan to create painted murals in downtown Delaware. The events are organized by Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum. More…

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Life in Delaware County, Powell/Lewis Center

Powell Street Market This Sunday

30 Apr , 2019  

The Powell Street Market happens two times each year – vendors line the streets of Downtown Powell with the best in hand-made crafts, edibles, antiques, specialty products, and more.

The result is a fun and unique shopping experience for the whole family. More…

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Life in Delaware County, Polaris Area

SourcePoint Opens Support Group At Polaris Office

29 Apr , 2019  

In May, SourcePoint launches a sixth support group for family caregivers, conveniently located at its south office at Polaris, between Powell and Westerville. The new support group is available the fourth Wednesday of each month beginning May 22 at 1070 Polaris Parkway, Suite 200, Columbus, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. SourcePoint’s caregiver support groups are open to both Delaware County caregivers, as well as caregivers whose loved ones reside within the county. More…

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Life in Delaware County

New Lager Features Stratford Ecological Center Honey

28 Apr , 2019  

Updated. With the Earth Day release of Helios, a Rustic Lager brewed with sustainable ingredients, Land-Grant Taproom is proud to continue their annual Sun-Grant series of beers. Named for and inspired by the Sun-Grant Association, a group of land-grant universities that research and develop sustainable and environmentally friendly bio-based energy alternatives, Sun-Grant beers are brewed using sustainable techniques and ingredients.

This year’s beer features local honey from the Stratford Ecological Center near Delaware, Pilsner malt from Haus Malts in Cleveland, Michigan grown Triple Pearl hops and a Kveik yeast strain that ferments at an energy efficient lower temperature. More…


Life in Delaware County

Zoo Welcomes Two Young Manatees

27 Apr , 2019  

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has welcomed two young manatees, marking the thirtieth and thirty-first manatees to arrive at the Zoo for rehabilitation since the Columbus Zoo joined the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP) in 1999. The two male manatees, Bananatee and Tostone, were both found as orphans off of the coast of south Florida and began their rehabilitation journey at the Miami Seaquarium before arriving at the Columbus Zoo early Thursday morning. More…

Life in Delaware County, Ohio Wesleyan University

CSO Closes Landmark Season With Local Focus

27 Apr , 2019  

How do you finish a milestone 40th season? If you’re the Central Ohio Symphony, you do it in spectacular fashion, with a finale concert featuring five artists with Delaware connections. “Local Focus Presented by PNC Arts Alive,” the final performance of the Symphony’s 40th subscription season, will feature a piano soloist, a world renown photographer, and three composers, all with Delaware ties, all under the direction of conductor Jaime Morales-Matos.

The concert will take place at 7:30 PM on Saturday, April 27 at Gray Chapel on the Ohio Wesleyan campus.  It is made possible by a PNC Foundation grant through thePNC Arts Alive initiative.

“This is our fourth PNC Arts Alive grant,” said Executive Director Warren W. Hyer. “PNC’s generous support underscores its commitment to supporting a strong local arts community. We are grateful for their recognition of what the Symphony brings to this area.”

PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year initiative of the PNC Foundation that challenges visual and performing arts organizations to put forth their best, most original thinking to expand audience participation and engagement.

“A thriving arts community bolsters our economy and provides personal value to all of us who live, work and play in central Ohio,” said Michael Gonsiorowski, PNC regional president for Columbus.  “Programs like the Central Ohio Symphony’s ‘Local Focus’ introduce theatre to new audiences and future theatre talent.”

The Symphony also received a Challenge America grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for this program and community events in conjunction with this event.

The concert is unique in that it features two world premieres of compositions, a world premiere of an orchestral version of a third composition, the professional debut of the concert pianist, and a world premiere film featuring America’s national parks. Hyer explained that while the Symphony has premiered numerous works over its 40 years, this will the first time where almost every work and artist, from photographer to composers to soloist, are experiencing firsts.

As has been the case for every subscription concert this season, the concert will open with a 40 second fanfare commissioned by the Symphony, this one by composer Danny Clay, who grew up in Delaware County and graduated from Buckeye Valley High School.  Clay’s work,Four Seconds, was composed in collaboration with the 4th graders of Buckeye Valley West Elementary. The first half of the program will feature Delaware native Jacob Miller, a doctoral student at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, making his professional debut as soloist on George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, and the world premiere of the filmExpedition by Frank Ruggles, the first ever Artist Ambassador to the National Parks Trust and a graduate of Delaware Hayes High School. The film will play to the music of two original compositions, Blue Glacier Decoy by former Ohio Wesleyan composition professor Jennifer Jolley, and Kéyah, by composer and OWU graduate Lauren Spavelko. After the intermission, the orchestra will perform Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9“From the New World.”

Hyer commented on the ambitious and Delaware-oriented program. “‘Local Focus’ shows the amazing amount of talent that is available even in smaller communities, and how different artists—composers, photographers, musicians—can come together to create amazing art. This concert is an event to celebrate Delaware and those who contribute to it in so many ways.”

Asked what the audience could expect, Hyer summed it up expansively. “Concertgoers will hear two major works of the classical repertoire. Gershwin remains one of the most popular American composers some 80 years after his death and we are excited to have Jacob Miller perform this demanding work. With his New World Symphony, Dvořák captured the unique flavor and sounds of American music as he interpreted it from his European viewpoint.” It is one of the most popular symphonies, performed the world over.

“As for the film and the two compositions, this is a visual and musical painting of our land, of the grandeur and beauty of America. Frank Ruggles through his unique talent captures dramatic and stunning imagery that few of us ever have the opportunity to see. The compositions complement the film and the film was created to complement the music in return, giving the audience a unique exposure to America’s natural beauty.”

Community activities will take place in Delaware County during the concert week at the Symphony’s website,

Tickets for this concert may be purchased at the Symphony Source office, 24 E. Winter Street in downtown Delaware or online at, or at the box office the night of the concert. Ticket prices are $25.00 for adults, $20.00 for seniors, $6.00 for students of all ages, and $4.00 for children.

More information about the concert and ticket availability is available on the Symphony website,, at the Symphony office at 24 E. Winter Street, or by calling the Symphony at 740-362-1799.

The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (, actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.

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Life in Delaware County

Putter And Walk Around Downtown

26 Apr , 2019  

Main Street Delaware’s First Friday celebration in downtown Delaware on May 3 is sure to please both avid golfers and those who just like to hit a bucket of balls now and then.

On the same evening, a free event will raise awareness for the important issue of sexualized violence toward women. More…

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Life in Delaware County

ODNR, Coast Guard, Cabela’s Team For Free Boat Safety Checks

24 Apr , 2019  

Spring and summer typically see Ohioans return to the state’s waterways and lakes.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 18 and Columbus Cabela’s are encouraging central Ohioans to prepare for the boating season and visit the Columbus Cabela’s store, located at 1650 Gemini Place, on Saturday, April 27, from 11 AM to 2 PM to get a free vessel safety check. More…


Life in Delaware County

Retirement Ready Expo This Saturday

24 Apr , 2019  

SourcePoint is hosting the Retirement Ready Expo this Saturday, April 27 from 9 AM to noon at 800 Cheshire Road in Delaware.

Presented by Polaris Retirement Community, the Retirement Ready Expo is designed to benefit adults ages 55 and older who are planning now for a better retirement. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Letterboxing At Preservation Parks This Summer

23 Apr , 2019  

Updated; The fun of letterboxing returns soon with the 2019 Summer Letterboxing Adventure at Preservation Parks locations.

This year’s edition provides a bit of a change from previous editions. For one thing, four of the hidden boxes can only be found through undertaking multiple steps, while the other four will be at the same difficulty-to-find level as in previous years. More…

Life in Delaware County

City Of Delaware Flushing Its Hydrants

22 Apr , 2019  

One of the routine duties during spring for local cities is the flushing of water hydrants.

Hydrant flushing releases water at a high rate of speed. Through the procedure, an adequate amount of water flow can be assured for fire fighters, residents, and businesses. It also assists in maintaining water quality through the elimination of iron and mineral deposits from water mains. More…


Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Regains Title As Ohio’s Fastest Growing County

20 Apr , 2019  

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Delaware County has regained its title as the fastest growing county in Ohio, based on the most recent annual population-growth rate. Though it never lost the lead in the growth rate since the last U.S. Census in 2010, last year was the first time in a long time that another county inched ahead. That was neighboring Union County. More…

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Life in Delaware County

How Safe Is Your Town?

19 Apr , 2019  

How safe are Delaware County and area cities as compared to the rest of Ohio?

SafeWise recently released its fifth annual Safest Cities report. The news was fairly good for the Buckeye State and the local area. More…

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Life in Delaware County

MORPC Joining City Of Columbus On Creating Regional Housing Strategy

18 Apr , 2019  

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and the City of Columbus recently announced that they are seeking proposals for a regional housing strategy as part of an overall strategy to deal with the shortage of affordable housing. More…

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Business, Life in Delaware County

It’s A Community Expo!

17 Apr , 2019  

The 2019 Community Expo and Job Fair arrives in Sunbury later this month, with lots to see and experience. For job seekers, this includes an opportunity to meet employers in the area who are looking for employees. More…