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Condit Presbyterian Church Invites

Children to a a Cross Culture VBS

A summer kids’ event called Passport to Peru Vacation Bible School will be hosted from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday June 12 through Friday June 16.

Passport to Peru is like taking an adventurous trip to Peru! Kids will sing catchy songs, play high-energy games, dig into tasty Peruvian treats, experience cool Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies, and explore what daily life is like for kids in Peru. Plus, kids get to watch short, captivating videos each day that provide a peek into Peru and the everyday life of kids who live there!

Every day concludes with a Closing Celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 11:15.

Passport to Peru VBS is for kids from 4 years through 5th graders. A special program will beheld on Sunday, June18 at 10 a.m. for all VBS families.

For more information or to register, call Pam Sheets at 937-902-4779.

Kitty Litter Drive

Pet Valu launches National Adoption Weekend on June 9-11. From Friday through Sunday, local animal rescues will be at Pet Valu’s 300-plus stores with adorable animals up for adoption by loving families. Special sales, raffles and refreshments will also be offered all weekend long. Those who adopt will receive a Pet Parent Guide, filled with coupons for a free bag of pet food and other offers.

Also at Pet Valu throughout the month of June is its Kitty Litter Drive, which will benefit the stores’ local partners caring for homeless cats. Customers can contribute by donating bags of kitty litter at any store, and Pet Valu will retail bags of Kitty’s Best Litter at the special price of $5.99 during the drive. In 2016, Pet Valu raised a combined total of $443,579 during the three annual drives, equating to more than 74,000 bags of litter.

Already this year, Pet Valu’s customers have donated 36,157 bags of kitty litter, a value of $211,148. Other fundraisers have also been highly successful, including Pet Valu’s annual campaign in March for America’s VetDogs, an organization that helps place service animals with disabled veterans and first-responders. The 2017 campaign brought in the highest amounts ever recorded in the partnership’s history.

Westival on Saturday

The Westival, a bands and arts festival, will take place from noon to 9 p.m. June 10 at Alum Creek Park North and Amphitheater, 221 W. Main St., Westerville. The third annual festival features continuous music, artist booths, and food trucks.

Admission is free.

Road to close

The Delaware County Engineer will be closing Gorsuch Road between Harlem Road and Miller Paul Road for a culvert replacement. The road will close on Monday, June 12 and is scheduled to open on Friday, July 7.

Flag disposal ceremony set

Flag Day is June 14, 2017. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1095 will present a flag disposal ceremony June 11, at 2 p.m. in front of the main entrance to the Delaware YMCA.

Portions of the U. S. Flag Code will be presented on proper treatment and display of the flag, along with proper disposal; which is to destroy by burning with dignity and respect.

Flags that are no longer serviceable will be burned on site in barrels. Flags that need destroyed, may be dropped off at any fire station in Delaware County. All fire stations will accept flags every day, year-round.

You may also bring any flags that need disposed to the ceremony and attend. U. S. flag code booklets will be available for those that wish to have one. An American Flag folding will be presented, along with a reading on the meaning of the folds. VVA1095 Honor Guard will provide a rifle volley.

Eager to hear from classmates

It is time to issue a new Willis ‘61 mini class directory and there are some classmates that need to verify their address.

The next reunion will be the 60th. Please contact: Judy Myers Rosebrough at ohiogal61@gmail.com

Spirit Day Burger Bash

American Legion Post 457 will hold a Spirit Day Burger Bash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 11 at Wendy’s Sunbury, 7272 E. State Route 37, Sunbury.

Wendy’s will donate 15% of their sales to the American Legion Post 457 (Sunbury) for their various Charities such as Boys and Girls State. We are not asking for any donations. All you have to do is buy your lunch on June 11 from 11-2. Wendy’s will take care of the rest.

Preservation Parks briefs

Registration is not required for the following free program.

· Sunday, June 11, 1-4 p.m. Flint Knapping & Artifact ID. Bring your rocks, fossils and arrowheads for identification, and watch an expert from the Ohio History Connection demonstrate how to make tools out of stone. Modern-day arrowheads also can be purchased. The event is free and for all ages. Deer Haven Park, 4183 Liberty Road.

Register now for the following programs. Please note deadlines; to register, visit www.preservationparks.com. Those with questions may call 740-524-8600, or email contactparks@preservationparks.com.

· Saturday, June 17, 2 p.m. Off-Trail Geology. Join a geologist for a hike in Big Run Creek to discover the rich geology in this park, including 30-foot shale cliffs. Wear appropriate shoes or boots for creek walking. Shale Hollow Park, 6320 Artesian Run. Free; for ages 10 and older. Registration is required by June 10; click on the program in the web calendar and use the RSVP function.

· Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (program is identical both days). Make-It, Take-It: Stained Glass Sun-catchers. Make a sun-catcher to take home, and work on an Ohio Star glass panel to be displayed at Gallant Farm. For ages 10 and older; $25 fee. Register by June 9 by clicking on the “Register” button on the website home page.

New at Polaris Fashion Mall

Food Truck Wednesdays: Enjoy a variety of fine food truck fare during your lunch break! Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., June 14 to July 19.

KidX Club Summer Series: Where kids get to come together with FREE activities that inspire them to explore their world. With different themes each week, KidC Club is a fun time for the whole family! Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to noon; June 16 to August 18.

Polaris Live! First ever summer concert series welcoming shoppers to enjoy free live music entertainment and family-friendly activities. Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m.; June 22 to Aug. 10.

ODOT road work

SR 315 South of SR 750 to Jewett Rd

6 AM: SR 315 will close in both directions between SR 750 and Jewett Rd. for slope stabilization. The detour is SR 315 to SR 750 to US 23 to I-270 to SR 315 or reverse.

Complete: August 1

SR 315 between Home Road and Orange Road

• 7 AM: Monday June 5, 2017 SR 315 will be be closed between Home Road and Orange Road to replace two culverts. Local access will be provided. For properties at 8060 or higher including Wingate Farms, travel south to SR 750, east on SR 750 to US 23 north to SR 315. For residents at 7794 or lower including Woodland Hall, travel north on SR 315 to US 23 to SR 750 west to SR 315.

• 3 PM: Friday, June 9, all lanes of SR 315 will be open

I-71: Delaware and Morrow County

I-71 between US 36 and SR 61

• 5 PM: I-71 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction

• Completion: June 30

Ramp Closure in Dublin: Traffic Impacts Beginning Tuesday June 6, 2017

I-270/US 33 interCHANGE Project

A major ramp in Dublin that carries traffic from Marysville to Sawmill Road and beyond will close for a week beginning June 6 after the Memorial Golf Tournament. During the closure, the bridge deck or driving surface will be replaced.

Last January the bridge surface and the walls were damaged extensively when a tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of gasoline crashed and burned. The fire damaged a third of the bridge deck and 250 ft. of bridge wall costing more than a half a million dollars.

Tuesday night June 6 at 8 p.m., the US 33 eastbound to Interstate 270 east ramp will close for five days. Eastbound 33 traffic will be re-routed to I-270 south to Tuttle Crossing Boulevard to I-270 north.

While the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) acknowledges that closing this ramp for a week is inconvenient, it is better than the alternative which is two months of continuous lane closures and repairs.

Drivers who normally travel eastbound on US 33 to I-270 east should allow extra time for their daily commute.

The work is weather dependent.

TUESDAY, JUNE 6 – MONDAY, JUNE 12

8 PM TUESDAY: The ramp from US 33EB to I-270EB will close. Detour: I-270SB to Tuttle Crossing Blvd. to I-270NB.

5 AM MONDAY: The ramp will open.

US 33EB Lane Closures and US 33EB to I-270EB 5-Day Ramp Closure to make repairs to the bridge damaged by fire this past January.

8 p.m. US 33EB reduced to two lanes between Avery-Muirfield Drive and I-270.

8 p.m. the ramp from US 33EB to I-270NB closed. Detour: I-270SB to Tuttle Crossing Blvd. to I-270NB.

5 a.m. all US 33EB lanes open.

The ramp from US 33EB to I-270EB will remain closed until 5 a.m. on June 12, 2017.

NORTHERN FRANKLIN COUNTY

I-70: HILLIARD, FRANKLINTON, DOWNTOWN, BEXLEY, PICKERINGTON

I-70 EB between Alton Darby Creek Road and Hilliard-Rome Road

9 AM: I-70 EB will be reduced to two lanes

3 PM: All lanes open

Completion: June 9

MAJOR NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN STARTS AT 270/23 ON JUNE 13

US 23 drivers should prepare for a new traffic pattern on the ramps to I-270 west and SR 315 starting a week from today, Tuesday June 13.

Here’s what drivers can expect:

NEW RAMP FOR US 23 NORTH: Traffic will take the temporary ramp to

I-270 west instead of merging directly onto the interstate.

US 23 SOUTH TRAFFIC MUST YIELD ON RAMP TO I-270 WEST/SR 315:

Traffic coming from US 23 south will now have to yield to traffic coming

from US 23 north at the merge point shown in the graphic below.

Drivers should allow extra time as motorists adjust to this new traffic pattern.

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