Westerville Library Earns Certificate For Excellence In Financial Reporting

23 Feb , 2021  

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Westerville Public Library by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for 2019. This is the third year in a row that the library has received this honor.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a signficant accomplishment by a government and its management.

An Award of Financial Reporting Achivement has been awarded to the library’s fiscal officer, Erin Hill, designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

Source: Westerville Public Library



Westerville Police Announce 2020 Awards

18 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Westerville Division of Police has announced departmental recognitions and awards for 2020.

Sergeant Dan Betts has been named WPD’s Officer of the Year for 2020. Sgt. Betts also received two Lifesaving Awards.

Officer and Civilian of the Year | Awarded to individuals who have demonstrated excellent performance, productivity, responsibility, loyalty and honesty in fulfilling the Division’s mission statement in order to serve the public with the highest possible standards of service.  They are nominated and chosen by their peers.

  • Officer of the Year | Sgt. Dan Betts, Patrol Supervisor (third-shift)
  • Civilian of the Year | Alishia Gibbs, Records Manager




Gabriel Named Westerville 2020 Employee Of The Year

19 Dec , 2020  

Deputy Fire Chief Mindy Gabriel was announced as the 2020 City of Westerville Employee of the Year on Thursday at the staff all-virtual Holiday Luncheon and Awards Celebration.

Chief Gabriel was recognized for her work managing emergency medical services throughout the pandemic year.

As shared in a profile of Gabriel on the City website, “Deputy Chief Mindy Gabriel is less than a full year on the job. In Westerville, that is. She’s a 18-year career firefighter/ medic who started in the fire service in Upper Arlington, and joined the Westerville Division of Fire (WFD) to help shape emergency medical services as technology, innovation and health care evolve.”

Other awardees were honored as follows for Excellence in Service in these categories: More…



Greif Awarded Leadership Ranking

17 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1808Delaware

Greif, Inc., a global leader in industrial packaging products and services based in Delaware, has announced this week that it has been awarded an A- Leadership ranking for the third year in a row by CDP as part of their annual climate change assessment. CDP operates a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage the impact they make on the environment.

“Earning an A- Leadership ranking from CDP for a third year in a row continues to reinforce and recognize our ongoing efforts to minimize our environmental footprint,” said Pete Watson, Greif’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to providing value for our stakeholders by safeguarding the environment through our continued sustainability efforts.” More…



Jack Hanna Retires On January 1; Columbus Zoo Continuing His Legacy

13 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1808Delaware

How do you begin to celebrate and say thank you for a life-changing 42-year career? Jungle Jack Hanna has used his down-to-earth humor, keen interest in education, and genuine enthusiasm and passion for wildlife to inspire millions to care about—and be amazed by—the wonders of wildlife.

While his retirement from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium officially begins on January 1, 2021, the contributions he has made to the organization after serving as both director and director emeritus for 42 years will have long-lasting, positive impacts. His vision and leadership helped transform the Zoo into one of the world’s most beloved, innovative, and influential zoos.

“Jack Hanna has made an incredible difference for wildlife across the globe and is a true inspiration to our Central Ohio community and most certainly our staff. Throughout the 25 years that I’ve worked with Jack, I’ve appreciated his authenticity and his endless energy and devotion to making the world a better place. While Jack is retiring from his official role, his legacy will be ever present in our work as we continue to fulfill our organization’s mission to lead and inspire by connecting people and wildlife. We are extremely grateful for the impact Jack and Suzi Hanna have made over the last 42 years, and we are proud to continue building on our organization’s strong foundation to achieve many more successes in the future as we work to protect the future of wildlife and wild places,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President/CEO Tom Stalf. More…

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Former Westerville North Teacher Receives ODNR Cardinal Award

9 Dec , 2020  

Doug Wynn, a world-renowned snake researcher who has spent years learning about these secretive animals, was recently presented with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Cardinal Award for conservation.

Wynn, of Russels Point, has turned a lifelong love of snakes and other reptiles into important research for these native Ohio species. He has participated in more than 250 research projects dealing with snake conservation in Ohio, and authored 13 publications. Wynn also spent many years as a science teacher in the Westerville School District, particularly at Westerville North High School, sharing his love of nature with his students. Wynn works closely with the Ohio Biological Survey, where he serves on the advisory council. He also received the Division of Wildlife’s, Wildlife Diversity Conservationist Award in 2011. More…

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Delaware Again Ranked A “Best Place to Live” By Money Magazine

3 Nov , 2020  

Money Magazine has named the City of Delaware to its 2020 list of the Best Places to Live in America, ranking Delaware at No. 32 overall.

Delaware was the only ranked city in Central Ohio, and one of only two in the entire state, with Mason coming in at No. 21. This is the second time that Delaware has been ranked on this prestigious list, and it is the highest the City of Delaware has ever reached on the list. In 2017, Delaware was ranked No. 71 in the nation.

“We are honored that Money Magazine has again recognized Delaware as one of our nation’s best places to live,” Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle said. “To receive this honor in such a challenging year reminds me what community is about. It’s about neighbors working together, and it’s about caring for each other. We are a great place to live, work, play and raise a family, and I am truly blessed to serve as mayor for such a special community.” More…

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Delaware County

Delaware County EMS Receives Prestigious AHA Award

28 Oct , 2020  

After six straight years of earning one of the American Heart Association‘s highest honors for Delaware County’s Emergency Medical Services Department has gone one better and earned its Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus award for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Each year, more than 250,000 people in the U.S. experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes EMS agencies for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Stratford Ecological Center Co-Founder Given Statewide Honor

5 Oct , 2020  

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has awarded the state’s highest conservation honor to three individuals for their outstanding contributions to the protection and enjoyment of Ohio’s natural resources.

Inducted into the Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame were husband and wife conservationists Clyde Gosnell and Dr. Louise (Omie) Warner of Ashville and water quality and scenic rivers advocate Mike Fremont of Glendale.

Dr. Warner, together with her late husband, founded the Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware.

“Ohio is fortunate to have so many committed conservationists with a deep passion for educating and including the public in their work,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Their positive influence will continue to impact our state far into the future.” More…

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Budding Composer Scores In Competition

4 Oct , 2020  

By Cole Hatcher

Noah Green recalls sitting in the living room, watching his sister paint, and becoming inspired by her art to create some of his own.

“Watching the pigments mix and swirl on the canvas was hypnotic,” said Green, a senior music composition major at Ohio Wesleyan University, “and it made me think, ‘What if I try to mix sound in the same ways she mixes paint?’

“The result was this piece, which I titled ‘Watercolors,’ ” said Green, a resident of Granville, Ohio. “It takes two main melodic lines, fragments them, and then combines them in different ways – sort of like how an artist might take two different pigments and combine them to make hundreds of different colors.” More…

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Hayes Wrestling Coaches Given Statewide Honor

30 Sep , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

It was with obvious pride that the Delaware Hayes Wrestling Program has shared news of an honor afforded Coaches Kevin Rieman and Josh Lamb.

The two have been named as 2021 Division 1 Co-Coaches of the Year by the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association.

As shared in the award press release, Reiman and Lamb were assistant coaches at Hayes before becoming co-coaches two years ago. During the 2019-2020 season, they led Hayes Wrestling to a dual meet record of 12 wins and 3 losses, and Hayes finished as runner-up in District competition and had 6 state qualifiers. More…

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DCT Receives SOAR Award

24 Sep , 2020  

Special to 1808Delaware

A local transportation company has received recognition for its cost effective and safe operation.

Delaware County Transit was presented with the Division III SOAR Award from the Ohio Transit Risk Pool at their Board meeting on September 10. The award recognizes DCT’s achievement of having the lowest cost of risk among pool members that operate less than one million miles annually.

“DCT should be proud of this award as it is a tangible result of their efforts to provide a safe and efficient transit system to the citizens of Delaware County” noted Ken Reed, OTRP’s Director of Risk Management.


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