Life in Delaware County

Dear Haven Park Expansion Proposal Recommended For Funding

10 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware; Ohio Department of Natural Resources

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has recommended projects from 10 local communities for more than $3.5 million in grant funding to improve and increase opportunities for outdoor recreation. The money is provided through federal matching grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

“These projects will give more Ohioans a chance to enjoy the outdoors,” Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said.  “Improving parks, playgrounds, trails, and outdoor spaces will encourage people to get out and see what their own communities have to offer.”

Recommended projects include one from Delaware County (see below). More…

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Life in Delaware County

Increase In Indicators Not Reflected In School, Long-Term Care Case Numbers

9 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

While there is a noticeable turnaround in the recent decline of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, that change has not been reflected in numbers reported by Delaware County schools and long-term care facilities over the same period.

The number of new weekly infections has increased in the last two weeks, from 458 over the two weeks before April 1 to 497 in the two weeks before April 8. Also, one of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System indicators have been triggered again — the number of outpatient visits. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Take A Detour With Ohio’s New Trails App

9 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz today announced the release of a new mobile and web-based resource to help outdoor enthusiasts plan for and explore thousands of trail miles crisscrossing the Buckeye State.

The new DETOUR trails app, developed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), is Ohio’s new go-to source for authoritative trail information for both to beginner and expert-trail users. Trails can be searched for by region, level of difficulty, activity, type, and distance. The app offers featured routes, provides driving directions to trailheads, and includes information for trail managers.

“Ohio is a great place for families to live, work, learn, and play,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “This new app will help bring friends and families together by connecting them to Ohio’s abundant trail system and natural outdoor beauty.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Monies Awarded To Delaware Airport

9 Apr , 2021  

This week, U.S. Senator Rob Portman applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) award of more than $30 million to Ohio airports to provide economic relief from COVID-19.

Locally, the Delaware Municipal Airport/Jim Moore Field received $23,000 of these funds.

The Airport Coronavirus Relief Program was created through the bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 relief package within the end-of-year spending agreement. Senator Portman played a key role in negotiating the legislation through the bipartisan 908 Coalition, which proposed a $908 billion package that included this critical relief for airports and served as a basis for the final package. More…

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OWU

OWU Names Alum As New Director Of Human Resources

8 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Ohio Wesleyan University has appointed Imogene Gregory Johnson as OWU’s Director of Human Resources. A 1980 Ohio Wesleyan graduate, Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in HR management.

Johnson will begin her new role June 1, and will be responsible for planning, developing, and implementing programs to attract, develop, retain, and advance talented administrative and support staff. She also will collaborate with members of the university’s Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to catalyze Ohio Wesleyan’s efforts to advance goals related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. More…

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Life in Delaware County

RESCUEDohio Golf Outing

8 Apr , 2021  

RESCUEDohio is hosting its first annual golf outing on April 25 at Mill Creek Golf Course. The golf outing will benefit RESCUEDohio and help us to provide care for homeless dogs in central Ohio.

The outing will include the following and so much more:

  • 18 holes of golf
  • Riding cart
  • Favor bag
  • Dinner
  • Longest Drive, Longest Putt, Closest to the Pin, and Best Score Competitions
  • Raffle prizes
  • The opportunity to support RESCUEDohio!

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Genoa Township

Genoa Township Seeks Input On Multi-Use Trail

8 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Genoa Township officials are planning to construct a 1,400 foot long multi-use trail, and they are looking for public input in the planning process.

The trail as proposed is on the west side of Worthington Road from Braymoore Drive to approximately 100 north of Jaccox Road. On both ends it will meet with trail segments.

Identified environmental impacts include the loss of 50 individual trees and the disturbance of what is referred to as “common terrestrial vegetation” (shrubs, hedges, etc.).

The construction will require that the Township acquire a permanent easement over the affected area. More…

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OWU

OWU Receives Grant For STEM Scholarships

7 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Ohio Wesleyan University has received a five-year, $830,466 Choose Ohio First grant to fund scholarships for Ohio residents pursuing degrees in the STEM fields of science (including medicine), technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The State of Ohio and Ohio Department of Higher Education announced Ohio Wesleyan’s grant today. The Choose Ohio First (COF) grants are part of a state initiative designed to “help create the talent needed to make Ohio’s businesses competitive in the 21st century knowledge economy.”

“Ohio Wesleyan is honored to be recognized for its role in helping to build a stronger Ohio through our faculty’s work to educate students in critical STEM fields,” said Ohio Wesleyan President Rock Jones, Ph.D., noting that was the first time OWU had applied for COF grant funding. More…

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Landmarks

Landmarks Of Delaware County: Selby Field

7 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

It’s one of the iconic early 20th football fields that have survived into the 21st century, still used for its original purpose.

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Selby Field is the home of the Battling Bishops football team, as well as field hockey, track & field, and lacrosse. With a seating capacity of 9,100, all seats fall between the 15 yard lines of the field, making it a remarkable place to watch a sports contest. It remains one of the country’s largest Division III stadiums. More…

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Business

Local Co-Working Phenom COhatch Expanding To Florida

7 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware, COhatch

COhatch, the pioneering co-working phenomenon with two locations in Delaware County (Polaris Fashion Place and Downtown Delaware) is expanding to the south.

No, we’re not talking about Chillicothe. We’re talking Florida.

The company, with a new approach to shared work, social, and family space, will be opening three Tampa-area locations in the coming months. The trio of work/life integration locations spanning St. Petersburg, West Tampa and Lakeland expand the company’s footprint beyond its Midwest roots and are the forerunners to its national foray. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Take A Hike: Gallant Woods Park

6 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

We’re beginning a new series here at 1808Delaware, just in time for the beauty of a central Ohio spring.

It’s called “Take a Hike,” and it is exactly that. With each post, we’ll be featuring a walk or organized hike you can take by yourself, with groups, or with your favorite furry friend. In each case, they will be located within Richland County and will be generally accessible to the public, or easily made available.

Do you have a favorite walk you’d like to see us share with our readers? Just send information to us at: 1808Delaware@gmail.com and we’ll be happy to do just that.

Today we’re looking at the 1.5 mile loop trail located at Gallant Woods Park, a part of Preservation Parks of Delaware County.
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History/Tourism

Historical Society To Present Program On The Columbus Zoo

6 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Delaware County Historical Society will host a free virtual program titled “The History of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium” on Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 PM. The program will be on Zoom and Facebook Live with registration on Eventbrite.

From its humble beginnings in 1927 as a shelter for a few reindeer to more than 10,000 animals representing over 600 species from around the globe, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium leads and inspires by connecting people and wildlife. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact, annually contributing more than $4 million of privately raised funds to support conservation projects worldwide.

This program will be presented by Dr. Michael Kreger, Vice President of Conservation and Sustainability at the Columbus Zoo. He will talk about where the Columbus Zoo has been and its progressive march to gaining an international reputation for excellence in animal care, conservation, and education. More…

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