City Of Delaware Improves Citizen Recreation Access

28 Jan , 2022  

By 1808Delaware, from The City of Delaware

The City of Delaware has unveiled a new citizen platform for registering for sports leagues, recreation classes and reserving a city facility. The CivicRec! online system went online January 27.

Residents can create an account with their email address, then are able to view program offerings, register and make online payments.

“Residents really appreciate that everything is one place,” Parks and Natural Resources Director Ted Miller said. “Before CivicRec, our registration process was out of date and not consistent.” More…

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New Coffee Chain Reportedly Coming To Ohio, Delaware County

28 Jan , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

By almost any measure, Delaware Countians love their coffee. There are currently wonderful chain and independent coffee restaurants in most communities.

According to Columbus Alive! another chain is about to join that mix – one making its first foray into the Buckeye State.

The post, which can be read here, states that Scooter’s Coffee, a drive-thru coffeehouse from Nebraska, will be opening four locations in central Ohio – in Delaware, Dublin, Marysville, and Westervile. No specific addresses or timeframes were shared. More…



Delaware Welcomes Economic Development Coordinator

27 Jan , 2022  

The City of Delaware welcomes Cody Hatten as its new Economic Development Coordinator.

Hatten previously served in various capacities with the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation in Lawrence County, Ohio. His positions included Economic Development Specialist and Director of the Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Hatten’s experience in economic development began in 2016, when he served as associate director in the development office in Wayne County, West Virginia. His experience includes property marketing, business retention and expansion, social media management and grant writing. More…

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Coming Soon To Westerville High Schools: Hope Week

26 Jan , 2022  

From Westerville City Schools

The Hope Squads at all three Westerville high schools are launching Hope Week at their buildings, promoting hope, spreading kindness and raising awareness about suicide prevention.

Hope Squad student leaders at Westerville South High School are kicking off festivities starting Monday, while those at Westerville North and Westerville Central high schools have organized events the week of Jan. 31.

“We’re bringing school-wide awareness to what Hope Squad is about, mental-health awareness and getting people educated on what we’re doing,” said senior Ansley Enders, who is part of the Hope Squad leadership team at WNHS. More…

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Life in Delaware County

January and February Books Set At The Gallant Farm Literary And Cowpie Society

25 Jan , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

Have you ever wanted to join a book club? Do you enjoy period literature, particularly from the middle of the 20th century?

If so, you’re in luck as the Gallant Farm Literary and Cowpie Society, also known as the Gallant Farm Book Club, has announced the books to be read during the next few months. Anyone 14 and older can attend and join in on the stimulating book discussion. The group meets each month on the last Wednesday starting at 6:30 PM.

From now until further notice, these conversations will take place virtually. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Zoo, Other Organizations Join To Help Four Manatee Calves

24 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware by Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

SeaWorld, DHL Express, and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced recently that they joined forces to help four rescued manatees on their journey to rehabilitation. After that, four juvenile manatees—Lizzo, Cardi-Tee, MaryKate, and Ashley—were transported from SeaWorld’s Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Orlando to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium where they will begin the next phase of their rehabilitation. DHL Express donated its transportation network for this important species survival effort.

This transport was necessary, given the record number of intakes occurring, to make additional room for rescued manatees in need of emergency critical care at SeaWorld’s Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, which is one of only five manatee critical care facilities in the United States. As a second stage rehabilitation facility, the Columbus Zoo is one of only two facilities outside of Florida to care for manatees. The team will care for the animals until they gain enough weight to return to Florida waters when conditions are favorable. Both the Columbus Zoo and SeaWorld are part of the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), a cooperative group of entities dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, release, and monitoring of manatees. More…

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Delaware County, Life in Delaware County

Only 1,500 Feet Away: Intel Is Coming And Delaware County Is Bound To Change

23 Jan , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

Neo, the character played be Keanu Reeves in The Matrix, makes the following observation:

“You’re afraid of change. I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin.”

Over the last two days, there has been a good deal on online conversation and commentary centering on the announcement by Intel and the State of Ohio about the investment of $20 billion in constructing two state of the art semiconductor manufacturing facilities in western Licking County. The move is the first step in an overall plan that envisions eight factories placed there within ten years. More…

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In Our Backyard

In Our Backyard: Ohio Building New Boating Education Center

22 Jan , 2022  

By 1808Delaware, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

It’s not a quick trip, but the two hours to Waverly, Ohio might provide useful in the future for Delaware County families looking for educational experiences dealing with boats and watercraft.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is building a new Boater Education Center at Lake White State Park.

“I’ve loved seeing more Ohioans on our lakes and rivers over the past few years, rediscovering an appreciation of the water,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.  “While boating can offer quality family time, new boaters mean more people need to learn the ins and outs of operating these vessels.  We are excited to be able to provide that with this new education center.” More…

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Massive Semiconductor Plant Investment Announced For Licking County Site

21 Jan , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

It would be difficult to overestimate the impact of an announcement made today in metro Columbus.

Consider the facts for a moment.

  • Intel will be creating what might become the world’s largest semiconductor operation to western Licking County, a site within commuting distance from Delaware County.
  • Over 20,000 jobs will be generated because of this investment, including 3,000 direct jobs with an average $135,000 annual salary, 7,000 construction jobs over the course of the building project, and tens of thousands of indirect and support jobs.
  • An additional $2.8 billion is expected to be added to Ohio’s annual gross state product.

In an announcement of its intentions, Intel shared on Friday: More…

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Delaware Company Chosen To Compete In Startup Of The Year Summit

20 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

This week, necoTECH announced that they were selected as one of the Top 100 startups (and the only one from Ohio) to compete and participate in the 9th Annual Startup of the Year Summit from January 25 – 27, 2022 in the innovation hub of Tampa, FL. The three-day event is powered by Established with Host Partner, Embarc Collective, and presented by title Sponsor, ReliaQuest.

Startup of the Year is a community, a resource, and competition curated specifically to elevate founders and their teams. This year – for the first time in-person since 2019 (2020 Summit was virtual) – rising startups, investors, corporate innovators, and entrepreneurial ecosystem builders will gather together in the same city to celebrate innovation and recognize the achievements of early-stage companies from across all verticals and around the world. The startups that participate in this event, such as necoTECH have the opportunity to grow their business, expand their connections, and elevate their brand from a global stage. They join the ranks of well-known companies that have been a part of the Startup of the Year community over the past decade, such as Aperiomics, BenjiLock, Groupon, GrubHub, Maxwell Health, re:3D, ShearShare, and Uber. More…

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There’s Just Two Years To Plan For Two Minutes

18 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

Did you know that on April 8, 2024, Delaware County will be on the path for a total solar eclipse?

In our area, the full eclipse will last about 2 minutes and 30 seconds, starting at 3:11 PM.

A solar eclipse occurs when a portion of the Earth is engulfed in a shadow cast by the Moon which fully or partially blocks sunlight. This occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth are aligned. More…

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Solving A 160 Year Old Mystery: Two Remarkable Delaware Countians

16 Jan , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

On Saturday, we shared a photo of a unidentified Civil War officer taken in Delaware over a century and a half ago, and told of our quest to identify the sitter for this portrait. That post can be read, and the photo can be seen, here.

As we stated in that story, the reverse of vintage photos can also provide clues to identification. As a reminder, the reverse of the photograph has the following information:

Over Lindsay’s Bookstore,
Delaware, Ohio

In this case, those details do help to pinpoint the date that the portrait was taken. What was unexpected, however, was that it also led us to the stories of two men who had remarkable life stories, and who, at least for a time, called Delaware home. More…

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