Valentine luncheon at Myers Inn

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Sunday, February 3 — Saturday, February 9, 2019

PERI Chapter #36 Meeting

Public Employee Retirees Inc.’s Delaware County Chapter #36 will meet at 1:30 PM, Monday, February 4th at SourcePoint, 800 Cheshire Rd. Our speaker will be Elizabeth Zingale, Executive Director of the Delaware YMCA. She will discuss all the programs available to Delaware County residents at the “Y”. Bonnie Mitchell, our District Representative, will swear in our President and Secretary for 2019-2021. She will also update us about what’s happening at the PERI headquarters and OPERS. If you haven’t paid your dues, Diane Orick, our Treasurer, will be collecting dues ($5 per year). For more information, call Bill Friend at 740-369-2802.

Route 42 closure

US 42 between Horseshoe Rd. and Shortcut Rd. MONDAY, FEB. 4: US 42 will close in both directions. Norfolk-Southern is working on overhead railroad bridge. Detour: US 42 to SR 229 to US 23 to US 42 or reverse. SUNDAY, FEB. 17: All lanes open. All work is weather dependent; it may be postponed or cancelled without prior notice.

Environmental and Indigenous People’s Rights Activist

Westerville, OH— The Vernon L. Pack Distinguished Lecture Series at Otterbein University is proud to welcome Winona LaDuke for a lecture, “Economics for the 7th Generation,” at 7 p.m. and reception at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville. The event is free and open to the public. Free tickets are available to the general public beginning Feb. 4 at the Cowan Hall box office. The box office is open from 12-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached at 614-823-1109.

Related events include: A public viewing of the movie “Rise: A Native American Documentary” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 141 W. Park Street. Teach-in for the Planet from 3-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, Location TBD.

Little Adventurers: Winter

Preservation Parks will present Little Adventurers: Winter, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. at Deer Haven Park, 4183 Liberty Road, Delaware. This informal program will help your little one explore and become comfortable with nature. Bundle up as we discover what the winter season has to offer with hands-on activities and crafts. This program is free and for ages 0-5 with an adult.

Luther College Nordic Choir to perform Feb. 4 in Dublin, Ohio

DECORAH, Iowa –The Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the premier collegiate choral ensembles in the United States, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5475 Brand Road, Dublin, Ohio, 43017.

The performance by the 80-member ensemble is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The program includes “Praise the Name of the Lord” by Sergei Rachmaninoff, “Pater Noster” by Jacob Handl, Psalm 50 by F. Melius Christiansen, as well as hymn arrangements, spirituals and the traditional Nordic Choir closing piece, “O Lord God” by Pavel Chesnokov.

The concert is part of Nordic Choir’s 2019 Great Lakes tour. The choir tours annually, performing in churches of all denominations, schools and concert halls, including Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Internationally, the ensemble has toured in Germany, Italy, England, Ireland, Scandinavia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Russia and Eastern Europe. In 2021, Nordic Choir will make its first tour to South Africa.

Trombone Recital

Ohio Wesleyan faculty recital featuring Jeremy Smith, trombone, 8 p.m. Feb. 5 in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at

OLSD board meetings

Please note the dates for February 2019 meeting of the Olentangy Board of Education and its committees: Board of Education Regular Meeting, Thursday, February 14, 2019 6:30 p.m., Berlin Room, Olentangy Administrative Offices, 7840 Graphics Way, Lewis Center; Board of Education Regular Meeting, Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:30 p.m., Berlin Room, Olentangy Administrative Offices, 7840 Graphics Way, Lewis Center; Facilities Committee Meeting: Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 6 p.m., The Overlook, Berlin High School, 3140 Berlin Station Road, Delaware; Facilities Planning Subcommittee Meeting, Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 5 p.m., Concord Room, Olentangy Administrative Offices, 7840 Graphics Way, Lewis Center; Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC) Meeting, Monday, February 25, 2019, 3:30 p.m., Liberty Room, Olentangy Administrative Offices, 7840 Graphics Way, Lewis Center.

CEO on bipartisanship

Ohio Wesleyan alumnus Nicholas E. Calio, Class of 1975, president and chief executive officer of Airlines for America, discusses “A Perspective: Congress, the White House, and Business. Bipartisanship in Partisan Politics, 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in Room 301 of Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. During his career, Calio also worked as assistant to the president for legislative affairs for Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush. He also is the current vice chair of the OWU Board of Trustees. Calio’s presentation is Ohio Wesleyan’s 2019 Benjamin F. Marsh Lecture Series on Public Affairs sponsored by OWU’s Department of Politics and Government and its Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs. Admission is free. Learn more at

February Quarterly Breakfast

Join us at Bent Tree Golf Club! This mid-winter event will be a great opportunity to network from 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, 2/8/19 at 350 Bent Tree Rd., Sunbury. Visit

Owl Prowl

Preservation Parks will present an Owl Prowl on Friday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m., at Char-Mar Ridge Park, 7741 Lewis Center Road, Westerville. During this night hike, we’ll discover that makes owls so unique and how they navigate in the darkness. This program is free and for ages 7 and older.

Winter Reading Club; Passport service

What should you do when you are bored and dreading the white frozen menace? Why, put on your cowboy boots and head to your Community Library for its annual winter reading club. Come join us this year for our Wild West, Winter Reading Club “Kick Off Your Boots and Read” throughout the month of February. You will be able to register online or in person at the Circulation Desk starting February 1st, 44 Burrer Drive, Sunbury. As soon as you register, you can start earning those amazing prizes! We look forward to rounding up some great books with you during the month of February!

The Community Library in Sunbury is pleased to announce, starting in January, the library will accept applications for passports. The service officially kicks off on January 8, 2019. Passport applications will be accepted by appointment only. Appointments will be available during regular library hours, Tuesday through Thursday and Saturdays. To request an appointment, call 740-965-3901 or email requests to The library will also offer passport photo services. More information about the passport process and traveling abroad can be found at

Observatory programs

Friday evening programs at 8 p.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15, and 22 at Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware. Content varies based on sky conditions but may include a planetarium show, observatory tours, and stargazing with the 32-inch Schottland Telescope. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Reserve tickets by calling (740) 363-1257. Learn more at

Valentine luncheon at Myers Inn

Treat your valentine to lunch at the historic Myers Inn, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, 2/9/19, 45 South Columbus St., Sunbury Square. Homemade Soups, Salad Bar and Desserts for a donation to the museum. Visit or

Butterfly Gardening

Chris Kline, director of Butterfly Ridge Conservation Center, will join Preservation Parks to talk about which native Ohio plants are best for attracting butterflies. This presentation is part of the Columbus Wild Ones Speaker Series. The program will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-noon, at Shale Hollow Park, 6320 Artesian Run, Lewis Center. It is free and for ages 12 and older.

Otterbein Science Lecture Series Presents “A Life Shaped by Diseases and Medicines in Sub-Saharan Africa”

Westerville, OH— The George W. and Mildred K. White Science Lecture Series at Otterbein University will present a free public lecture by Dr. Richmond Sarpong at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park Street. He will discuss “A Life Shaped by Diseases and Medicines in Sub-Saharan Africa.” The lecture will be preceded by a reception from 4-6 p.m. in the Science Center Atrium, located across the green from Battelle Fine Arts Center.

Sarpong is a professor of chemistry at the University of California – Berkeley. He was born in Ghana, raised and educated there and in Zambia and Botswana before landing at Macalester College in Minnesota, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1995. He earned his doctorate degree in organic chemistry at Princeton University in 2001, and was a UNCF-Pfizer Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) from 2000-2004.

Knox County Beekeepers Association (KCBA) Beekeeping Classes

Have you ever wanted to keep honey bees just didn’t know how to get started? The Knox County Beekeepers Association can help. They will be offering two classes this winter; Beginning Beekeeping 1 and Beginner Beekeeping 2. These classes will be held on February 9th and February 23th.

The Beginning Beekeeping 1 class provides all the information needed to get started: where to purchase bees and equipment, how to care for bees and keep them healthy. Instruction also will be given on what to look for when you are working your bees, basic biology and behaviors, bee health, pest problems and solutions and of course honey harvesting.

The Beginner Beekeeping 2 class delves a bit deeper into the art of hive management with discussion topics such as making more honey, catching swarms, collecting pollen and splitting hives. In both classes, the aim is to present best-practices in a straight-forward, step-by-step, easy to understand format. Class and group discussions are encouraged between instructors and students. Jeff Gabric, the President of KCBA says, “The classes are a lot of fun. Beekeeping can be a complicated endeavor. We try to simplify it for our students and give them enough knowledge to get started and be successful.”

Come with your questions and curiosity. You are welcome to take both classes. It’s a great opportunity to meet other beekeepers, learn and contribute to the conversation. Included in the registration fee of $55 is lunch, a copy of First Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith Delplane and one-year memberships to the Knox County Beekeepers Association and The Ohio State Beekeepers Association. Both classes will be held in Hunter Hall at 211 S Main Street, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. Preregistration is required. Visit our website at to learn more about the classes and register online, for questions call Jeff Gabric 515-450-1359.

Sunday, February 10 — Saturday, February 16, 2019

Business Won

Network with like-minded professionals in the Big Walnut area! Jon Scowden, Chief Deputy of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office will be the guest speaker. He will share tips on how to stay safe in your business – in your office during or after hours! Takes place from 7:45-9 a.m. Tuesday, 2/12/19, in the chamber meeting room, 39 East Granville St. To register, visit:

Bishop Backers day

Bishop Backers Winter Community Day and Delaware Expo 2019 from Noon-4:30 p.m. Feb. 16, featuring children’s activities from the Delaware Community Center YMCA; an opportunity to meet Ohio Wesleyan varsity athletes; a visit from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium animal ambassadors (2:15-3:15 p.m.); a chance to pet and adopt dogs from the Humane Society of Delaware County; an expo of area nonprofit organizations and businesses; free raffle drawings for a big-screen TV, gift cards, and other items; and an OWU men’s and women’s basketball double-header vs. Denison University. Admission to all activities is free with a canned food donation to benefit the Delaware County Hunger Alliance. Parking is free and available in all OWU lots. The expo runs from noon to 3:30 p.m. in Gordon Field House, 105 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The women’s basketball game tips off at 1 p.m. and the men’s game at 3 p.m. in the adjacent Branch Rickey Arena. Learn more or register for an expo exhibitor’s table at

Sunday, February 17 — Saturday, February 23, 2019

Otterbein University String Orchestra and Combined Choirs present Haydn’s Te Deum

Gahanna, OH—The Otterbein University Department of Music will present a joint performance of the Otterbein University String Orchestra and Combined Choirs (Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, and Men’s Chorus) at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, at Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Clark State Road, Gahanna. This event is free and open to the public.

The centerpiece of the program is Haydn’s Te Deum in C major Hob. XXIIIc:2 written for Maria Therese. Other pieces on the program are Across the Vast, Eternal Sky and The Ground by Ola Gjeilo, Paul Creston’s Gregorian Chant, Things that Never Die by Lee Dengler, Georg Muffat’s Sonata da Camera No. 5, and Kevin Memley’s arrangement of Shenandoah.

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at For more information about this event, visit

Little-known aspect of WWII

Historian and author Pete Kakel, Ph.D., discusses the origins, context, and content of the Holocaust when he presents “Hitler’s ‘Indian Wars’ 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in the ‘Wild East’: The Holocaust as Colonial Genocide,” in Benes Room B of OWU’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. A 1969 Ohio Wesleyan alumnus, Kakel is a research historian and lecturer in modern history at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Liberal Arts. He is the author of “The American West and the Nazi East: A Comparative and Interpretive Perspective” and “The Holocaust as Colonial Genocide: Hitler’s ‘Indian Wars’ in the ‘Wild East.’” His presentation represents Ohio Wesleyan’s 2019 Robert Kragalott Lecture on Genocide, Mass Atrocity, and Human Rights. Admission is free. Learn more at

Hot Chicken Takeover

Joe DeLoss, founder and head fryer of Columbus, Ohio-based Hot Chicken Takeover, discusses his company’s business model, which seeks to provide supportive jobs to men and women who need a fair chance at work to overcome barriers such as homelessness or previous incarceration. His presentation will be a fireside-style chat moderated by 2006 OWU alumnus Dan Sharpe, vice president for community research and grants management for The Columbus Foundation. The chat will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in Benes Room B of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. It represents OWU’s 2019 Heisler Business Ethics Lecture organized by The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship. Admission is free. Learn more about the center and lecture series at

Comedy and Music

“Just One Step,” a twin bill of comedy and music at 8 p.m. Feb. 21-23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24, 2019. Ohio Wesleyan’s Departments of Music and Theatre & Dance present two acts exploring people on the verge of making big choices. This event will feature short comic plays by American playwright David Ives and music from “Songs for a New World” by American composer Jason Robert Brown. Directed by faculty members D. Glen Vanderbilt Jr., Jason Hiester, and Jennifer Whitehead, “Just One Step” will be performed in the Studio Theatre inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-OWU students. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid university ID. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit or

Film Festival

The 15th Annual OWU Documentary Film Festival, featuring five short films created by Ohio Wesleyan students enrolled in the university’s Ethnographic and Documentary Film and Filmmaking Class, 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in Benes Room B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Brief discussions with the student-filmmakers will be held after the screenings. Some films contain adult language and content intended for mature audiences. This event is sponsored by the OWU Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the OWU Media Center. Admission is free. Learn more about the department at

Sunday, February 24 — Saturday, March 2, 2019

March First Friday breakfast

Enjoy a light breakfast & network! Guest speaker is Bill Geraci, Magic Health Insurance Solutions. This month’s topic of discussion: Health insurance costs – where the dollars go & how you can get the same benefits for less. Takes place from 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, 3/1/19, in the Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 39 East Granville St., Sunbury Square.

Graphic novel-memoir

Kristen Radtke, M.F.A., reads and shows slides from her acclaimed graphic memoir, “Imagine Wanting Only This,” 4 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Bayley Room of OWU’s Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Of Radtke’s 2017 book, Newsweek states: “The most beautiful graphic novel you’ll read all year, Kristen Radtke’s memoir is an absolutely stunning look at what it is to recover from grief, and is so haunting you’ll be thinking about it for days after reading it.” Learn more at Her reading is part of the Ohio Wesleyan Department of English’s Poets and Writers Series. Admission is free. Learn more at

Global Climate Change

Nobel Prize winner Jonathan T. Overpeck, Ph.D., presents “Global Climate Change, Water Security and Ecosystem Disruption: Higher Scientific Confidence than You Might Think,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Overpeck is an interdisciplinary climate scientist and the Samuel A. Graham Dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. He has published more than 210 works on climate and the environmental sciences and was a Working Group 1 coordinating lead author for the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 4th Assessment in 2007. Learn more about Overpeck at His presentation represents Ohio Wesleyan’s 30th Annual John Kennard Eddy Memorial Lecture on World Politics sponsored by the International Studies Program and the Department of Politics and Government. Admission is free. Learn more at

March 2019

Mighty Morton Organ Free Concert & Singalong

Sunday, March 17, 3 p.m. Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Columbus. Celebrate the 91st birthday of the Ohio Theatre with a free concert and singalong showcasing the Ohio’s original “Mighty Morton” theatre pipe organ. CAPA featured organist Clark Wilson will replicate the audience singalong performed by former resident organist Roger Garrett on February 16, 1969, as part of the “final performance” at the Ohio Theatre. This will be followed by a concert from world-renowned organist Simon Gledhill featuring music from Broadway, Hollywood, and the Great American Songbook. Generous support provided by The Tom E. Dailey Foundation and Leo Klise.

MVNU invites community to hear stories of Tragedy into Triumph

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Tragedy is “an event causing great suffering, destruction and distress.” Triumph is “joy or satisfaction resulting from a success or victory.” It is in the space between tragedy and triumph where many find their path and the voice to tell their story. Three such stories will come to life as Mount Vernon Nazarene University hosts Tragedy into Triumph, March 18-20.

Tragedy into Triumph, now in its 11th year, is a three-part experience that will connect the audience with three unique people who will share their personal stories of tragedy and how a common thread — God — helped them rise from the pits of despair to soar like an eagle.

Speakers include:

• Monday, March 18 — Rifqa Bary will share her journey through fear and cancer and describe how she found strength in her faith. Bary made national headlines at the age of 16 when she left her family in Ohio after announcing she had converted from Islam to Christianity four years earlier.

• Tuesday, March 19 — Former Oklahoma Sooner and Seattle Seahawk Brian Bosworth will detail how drug addiction, defiance and demise nearly ruined his life. It was not until he found God that he found true success.

• Wednesday, March 20 — Siran Stacy was handed unimaginable tragedy when he lost his wife and four children when a drunk driver hit their vehicle. He credits God for the “victory” that resulted and for carrying him over the struggles of loss, confusion and depression. Stacy is a former University of Alabama and Philadelphia Eagles running back.

Rev. Wendell Brown, superintendent for the North Central Ohio District and founder of Tragedy into Triumph, believes in the power of testimonies and community worship as a means to either introduce people to God or reinvigorate one’s faith through real life stories of transformation. He purposefully designed the experience to focus on the stories and leave “preaching” for the church service.

“The story is most important. The reality is the story really resonates with people,” Brown said. “Guests will get great worship and no one is going to preach at you. You are simply going to hear a story and you are going to have an opportunity to decide whether that story is for you, whether you believe it or not.”

The event, which begins each night at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. Doors of the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium open at 6 p.m.

The event is simulcast nationally to churches around the nation with a reach of over 100,000 people.

For more information, visit

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 31 states and 22 countries/U.S. territories.

Otterbein University and Westerville Public Library look at “The Necessity and Threats of Alcohol: A History of Holland”

Westerville, OH— Otterbein University and Westerville Public Library are teaming up to present a lecture by Otterbein Associate Professor Richard Yntema, titled, “The Necessity and Threats of Alcohol: A History of Holland, ” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, in Meeting Room A at the library, 126 S. State Street.

Delve into the history of alcohol from excess to temperance through the lens of a city in Holland called Leiden. Between 1575 to 1920, explore the policies and strategies employed by the city to police the harms associated with alcohol while balancing the well-being of its citizens with the necessary profits of alcohol sales through taxes.

Yntema is an associate professor of early modern European history at Otterbein University and received his doctorate degree from the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the social and economic history of the pre-industrial era. He is specifically interested in the early development of capitalism in Holland, in guild regulation and industrial change, and in long-term changes in patterns of alcohol and food consumption. He was Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands in 2010 and taught at Utrecht University.

April 2019

First Friday breakfast!

Our guest speaker will be Patrick Hartory, internationally acclaimed speaker and marketing influencer. His topic: what customers love — standing out in a noisy world! Registration is open. Takes place from 7:30-9 a.m., Friday, 4/5/19, in the Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 39 East Granville St., Sunbury Square. To register, visit

2019 Community Expo & Job Fair!

Register for a table at the Expo and spend three hours networking with other businesses and interacting with hundreds of local residents from the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area! Thursday, 4/25/19, 5-8 p.m., Big Walnut HS Gym & Auditorium, 555 S Old 3C Rd, Sunbury, OH 43074.

Gaps in Memory at OWU

“Gaps In Memory,” featuring archival digital prints created by artist and Ohio Wesleyan alumna Barbara Jenkins, on view from Jan. 16-April 25 in the Mowry Alumni Gallery inside Mowry Hall, 16 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Jenkins, Class of 1972, works to break preconceptions by making linkages and disruptions between photographs in triptychs. Mowry Alumni Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday when the university’s administrative offices are open. Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Ross Art Museum and its satellite galleries at

Community euchre game!

Last Saturday of each month at Condit Presbyterian Church, 15102 Hartford Road, Sunbury – beginners welcome.

May 2019

Genoa Holiday Recycling/Trash Collection

Due to the holiday, recycling and trash should be set out for collection on Friday evening for collection on Saturday beginning at 7 a.m. 2019 holidays impacting collection schedule: Memorial Day – Collection delayed until Saturday, June 1; Independence Day – Collection delayed until Saturday, July 6; Labor Day – Collection delayed until Saturday, September 7; Thanksgiving – Collection delayed until Saturday, November 30; Christmas Day – Collection delayed until Saturday, December 28.
Valentine luncheon at Myers Inn

Compiled by Gary Budzak

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