History/Tourism

Columbus Zoo And Aquarium Names New President And CEO

7 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

NOTE: 1808Delaware will have information on Thursday night about the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s announcement of an appeal of a denial of accreditation.

Tom Schmid, a highly regarded member of the international zoological community, was chosen as the new President and CEO of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Tuesday. The Board of Directors voted to formally name Schmid to lead the Zoo, The Wilds, Safari Golf Club, and Zoombezi Bay.

Schmid, 58, begins his leadership role on December 6 after concluding his service as CEO of the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi. At Texas State Aquarium, Schmid led his team to grow the institution to one of the largest aquariums in North America, advancing wildlife conservation work and raising nearly $100 million to support the aquarium’s mission. More…

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Life in Delaware County

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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Ohio Wesleyan University

The 2021 Hispanic Film Festival: The Poetics Of Empowerment

6 Oct , 2021  

Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2021 Hispanic Film Festival, “The Poetics of Empowerment,” kicks off October 5 and continues through November 9, showcasing five award-winning movies from Spain and Latin America at the historic Strand Theatre, 28 E. Winter St., Delaware.

All films will begin at 7 p.m. and be screened in their original language with English subtitles. Each explores the ways in which their subjects or communities face and overcome economic, social, sexual, educational, and racial struggles while working to gain agency and build identity.

Some films may contain mature themes and language. All screenings will conclude with discussions with guest artists. More…

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History/Tourism

The Curious Case Of The Caged Convict: A Scene From Delaware History

5 Oct , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

There are hints of Hugo’s Les Miserables in the tale of one Andy Ehman, a man on the run who made Delaware his adopted home 134 years ago.

Actually, it sounds like the stuff of a good movie script – petty crimes, severe penalties, assumed identities, even bigamy.

Ehman was at one point a resident of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at the time an industrial center in the southern part of the state. In 1879, he was convicted of burglary and sentenced to four years in prison.

In May of 1882, Andy Ehman saw a chance to escape along with 11 of his fellow inmates — even though only a few months remained in his sentence. At high noon, in full view of everyone, they scaled the prison wall and scattered to the wind. Pursuit began, and in the days and weeks that followed, the other 11 were captured. More…

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Life in Delaware County

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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Life in Delaware County

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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Ohio Wesleyan University

Creating Tomorrow: OWU Raises Staggering $238 Million In Fundraising Campaign

3 Oct , 2021  

By Cole Hatcher

In July 2014, Ohio Wesleyan University launched its $200 million “Connect Today, Create Tomorrow” comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Seven years later, the most successful campaign in OWU history has concluded with $237,995,578 in gifts and pledges – surpassing even its $225 million stretch goal by nearly $13 million.

“I am grateful to every one of the 19,900 donors who supported this historic effort,” President Rock Jones, Ph.D., said in announcing the fundraising total. “Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, students, employees, parents, friends, foundations, and corporations, the Connect Today, Create Tomorrow campaign is transforming Ohio Wesleyan University with record-setting support for our students, faculty, and physical campus.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

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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Life in Delaware County

OhioHealth Invests In New Cancer Treatment In Delaware

1 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

In treating cancers of the brain, millimeters matter. A new radiation therapy program at the OhioHealth Delaware Medical Campus gives patients access to a sophisticated treatment with pinpoint accuracy, allowing higher doses with fewer side effects.

Known as stereotactic radiosurgery, the noninvasive therapy is being used in patients with cancer that has spread to the brain from other parts of the body. Not surgery in the traditional sense, stereotactic treatment aims radiation precisely at tumor sites, sparing nearby tissue. The therapy also is used to treat benign lesions.

By using the targeted treatment, specialists can safely administer higher doses of radiation in a much shorter time frame than is possible with traditional radiation therapy, which can take 10 to 30 sessions. Stereotactic therapy typically takes only one to three visits and produces fewer side effects such as memory loss, confusion and prolonged fatigue. This is especially important in older patients and those who already have been through multiple cancer treatments. More…

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Powell/Lewis Center

Frontier Encampment This Weekend In Powell

1 Oct , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Step back in time a bit this weekend as the Powell Liberty Historical Society presents a unique program showcasing how soldiers and settlers alike lived off of the Ohio countryside in the first years of settlement.

The “Frontier Encampment” will take place on Saturday, October 2 from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Martin-Perry House in downtown Powell (103 East Olentangy Street). There, historian and reenactor R.J. Basista will set up a traditional frontier encampment for viewing.

All day Saturday presenters will explore our past from the Revolutionary War into the Ohio frontier and beyond. Included will be something for all ages – information, demonstrations, and hand on activities. More…

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Ohio Wesleyan University

Fall Community Day October 9 At OWU

30 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware by Cole Hatcher

Enjoy a pre-game tailgate and then cheer on the Ohio Wesleyan University football team – all for free – during the October 9 Bishop Backer Fall Community Day at Selby Stadium, 45 S. Henry St. 9j Delaware.

The tailgate will begin at 11:30 AM with Delaware police officers and firefighters, and Ohio Wesleyan Public Safety officers grilling up free hotdogs and hamburgers for everyone attending the game. Then watch the Battling Bishops take on the Hiram Hornets at 1 PM.

“On behalf of the Bishop Backers, we’re excited to welcome the community back to campus for our free Fall Community Day,” said Doug Zipp, OWU athletics director. “We can’t wait to see the tailgate and the stands filled with football fans cheering on the Bishops.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio Kids Lead Blood Level At Twice National Average

30 Sep , 2021  

By Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio children have elevated levels of lead in their blood at more than two times the national rate, according to a study released Monday.

The research, from JAMA Pediatrics, a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association, found about 5.2% of Ohio children have elevated levels of lead in their system.

Nationally, the rate is about 1.9%. Ohio ranked second nationally in terms of states with the highest rates of children with elevated blood levels. More…

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