Delaware

AARP Ohio Selects Unity Park For 2022 Community Challenge Grant

5 Jul , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

AARP Ohio has announced that the City of Delaware Parks and Recreation Department will receive a 2022 AARP Community Challenge grant, one of six grantees chosen statewide, to fund fitness enhancements at Unity Park.

The $15,000 grant will help fund a fitness loop and equipment, age-friendly benches, programming space, a shade structure and safety lighting. The fitness equipment and programming space will be placed on a poured rubber surface.

Through community outreach, City of Delaware Parks staff discovered the unmet need in the community was predominantly from the 50-plus age group. The local neighborhood has difficulty getting transportation to SourcePoint and the Delaware Community Center YMCA to participate in fitness and healthy living programs. This alternate location will help bring programs to the community and help expand opportunities for residents.

“The collaborative effort produced wonderful results for Unity Park,” Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle said. “Parks staff and citizens both had an opportunity to express their vision for the space and in so doing, the relationship between the city and a portion of its citizenry also was transformed.” More…

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History/Tourism

An Orderly Fourth Of July In Delaware 100 Years Ago – Except For A Stray Bullet, That Is

4 Jul , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

Independence Day weekend 2022 has been a busy, fun-filled time for many Delaware Countians, with is share of local mischief-making, of course.. One hundred years ago today, the Fourth was remarkably calm, according to newspaper accounts.

The Delaware Journal-Herald described it this way, “July 4 1922 will go down in record as the most orderly holiday in history as far as Delaware is concerned. A ‘safe and sane’ edict was announced by police and so well was that order obeyed that not one complaint was received at police headquarters during the day…”

That bucolic scene was tempered, however, by a strange occurrence. The newspaper account continued, “…except the demand for an investigation of a stray bullet that entered an east Delaware home.”

So the most peaceful Fourth in local history took place except for a “stray bullet.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

MORPC Seeks Public Input On TRAC Projects Which Include US23

3 Jul , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is seeking comments on projects for which funding is being requested from the Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).

TRAC assists in developing a selection process for ODOT’s largest transportation project investments, funded through the Major New Capacity Program. These are projects that have a total project cost more than $12 million, add transportation capacity, and are critical to the mobility, economic development, and quality of life of Ohio residents. The 2022 application period closed at the end of May, with six projects from the MORPC Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) region submitting applications for funding. Final funding decisions by TRAC are expected in December.

As part of the selection process, ODOT requests that MPOs like MORPC provide local input by prioritizing the applications for projects that fall within the agency’s transportation planning boundaries. This process includes analyzing each project with how it aligns with the region’s transportation and development goals as detailed in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan. The public is also invited to provide feedback on each application to better understand local perspectives.

Applications for projects located within MORPC’s metropolitan planning organization area include: More…

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Genoa Township

Genoa Township Reports On American Rescue Plan Expenditures

2 Jul , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

Genoa Township has taken the step of letting residents know how monies received under the American Rescue Plan have been and are being spent.

In its newsletter sent out on July 1, the Township revealed the process and then decisions made in terms of how $2,954,383.25 was distributed. As the review shares, these monies were not spent all at once, rather these funds will be spent by the end of 2026.

After incorporating responses from Township departments, a road map was created and adopted to guide expenditures. According to what was shared, this is the breakdown: More…

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Business, Polaris Area

Want To Try Something New This Weekend? Try Torchy’s Tacos

1 Jul , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

The list of Delaware County eateries has grown longer still.

Near the end of June, Torchy’s Tacos opened at 1478 Gemini Place. That’s just north and across the parking lot and street from Public Lands.

Both indoor and drive-thru dining are available.

This is the first of three planned Torchy’s in the Columbus market.  The Texas-based chain has over 100 locations nationwide, each unique in character but with a common menu. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Millions Of Ohioans Facing Home Gas And Electric Rate Hikes

1 Jul , 2022  

By Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio utility companies have asked state regulators for permission to raise home gas, electric and water costs on more than 2.75 million Ohio customers.

Those charges could be spread between customers of Columbia Gas, AES Ohio, Duke Energy, and Aqua Ohio. The utilities, all investor-owned, are collectively asking for another $400 million in annual charges.

Any base rate increases require the approval of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, which is headed by five commissioners chosen by the governor for five-year terms. The PUCO’s staff review the companies’ requests and pose recommendations to the commissioners, who decide what the utilities can ultimately charge their customers.

The utilities’ requests come in an inflationary period — consumer prices are up 8.6% over the year ending May 2022 and unleaded gas costs just below $5 per gallon. Last week, the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve said a recession is a possibility. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Books To Movies At Gateway Film Center With Your DCDL Library Card

30 Jun , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

A library card from the Delaware County District Library (DCDL) unlocks all sorts of opportunities.

Books, of course, but also videos, audiobooks, and many more ways to spend some quality cerebral time this summer.

For kids, those opportunities are expanded this year because of a unique program being offered by the Gateway Film Center near the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus. The DCDL website is sharing the news that the From Book to Film series at Gateway, which is presenting a series of children’s books turned into movies, is free with your library card.

There were four films shown in June, but five more are on tap for July. They include: More…

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Delaware

Community Sponsors Again Help Support July 4 Fireworks

29 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

Community partners again have answered the call to help sponsor the City of Delaware’s annual Independence Day fireworks show.

Byers Auto Group, Meijer and OhioHealth are the main sponsors. Each renewed pledges – Byers as the Presenting Sponsor, Meijer as the Grand Finale Sponsor, and OhioHealth as the Community Spirit Sponsor – for the July 4 spectacle.

An estimated 30,000 people annually pack the viewing grounds along Henry Street and the Ohio Wesleyan athletic fields. The half-hour show caps an Independence Day in Delaware that includes a parade and free outdoor concert.

Also supporting the show with donations this year were JEG’s Automotive, the Delaware Fraternal Order of Eagles, CT Consultants, Holowicki McDonald’s, Scioto Energy, and First Commonwealth Bank. More…

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Life in Delaware County

How To Get ‘Ohio’s Best Burger’ Close To Home

28 Jun , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

It turns out that Delaware County might be just the place to be to get one of Ohio’s best hamburgers.

That’s what Reader’s Digest would have you believe.

The company set out to identify the best burger in every state. There are certainly plenty of contenders in Ohio, to be sure. When all was said and done, however, the blue ribbon went to an Akron restaurant chain with a location in southern Delaware County.

The winner?

The Galley Boy at Swensons Drive-In, one of which can be found at 2012 Ikea Way. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Ranked As Tenth Most Healthy County In The Nation

27 Jun , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

It’s something that residents know, but now others do too – Delaware County turns out to be a very healthy place in which to live.

So says the recently-released U.S. News Healthiest Communities rankings, which set out to examine aspects of local living that positive or negative impacts on health.

According to the release, “The U.S. News Healthiest Communities rankings measure crucial health-related components of society with the aim of empowering citizens, health care leaders and officials to make decisions about policies and practices that can improve health outcomes for all.”

The process used for ranking places scores 3,000 counties on 89 indicators across 10 categories, each of which contribute to community health. Categories included, in order of weight given to each, Population Health, Equity, Education, Economy, Housing, Food & Nutrition, Environment, Public Safety, Community Vitality, and Infrastructure. More…

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