Price is Right

Brad Conner, a 1992 Big Walnut graduate who now resides in Bradenton Florida wrote in on Jan. 21:

“I was recently visiting Los Angeles and my wife and I went to a TV taping of Price is Right. Legally we can’t say what happened. But one of us made it on the show and it airs next Friday nationally. We are wearing oh-IO shirts and get Drew to chant it as well. I just would love for my fellow BW alumni to watch.”

Arts Festival gives grant awards

The Delaware Art Festival Association has announced its competitive grant awards to teachers in Delaware County schools.

The main purpose of the Delaware Art Festival Association is producing the Arts Festival each summer in order to provide scholarships in the visual arts. The festival also gives a stipend to the Delaware County Library for books on Arts and Crafts and awards competitive grants to art teachers in the local schools.

The total grant award this year is $10,000. Winners of individual grants are Kim Roberts of Ventures Academy, Robin Clay of Buckeye Valley Schools, Jennilyn Haer and Dawn Norris of Big Walnut Schools, Amy Schultz and Melanie Harry of Delaware City Schools and Sarah Butler, Jennifer Sosa and Philip Stoll of Olentangy Local Schools.

The grants provided materials for ceramic work and silk screening, kilns, pottery wheels, camera lenses, drawing tablets and other items to enhance education in the visual arts in their classrooms this year and beyond.

Friends turns 10

The Friends of the Delaware District Library will be celebrating their 10th birthday in 2017. “Many fun things are planned” Karen Cowan, President of the Friends, indicated. “We are going to do presentations at many of the library programs to let the library patrons know that by supporting us they are supporting the Library.” In addition, members and officers of the Friends will spend time in each branch sharing birthday treats and recruiting members and volunteers. The celebration will last throughout 2017 culminating at the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting on November 2 at the Delaware Branch.

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Ashley recycling temporarily closes

Starting Jan. 23, 2017, Rumpke Waste & Recycling will remove all recycling containers from Buckeye Valley East Elementary School due to construction.

Oxford Township and Ashley village residents are encouraged to take their recycling to Westfield Township Hall located at 848 County Road 21 in Ashley.

For this location, paper and cardboard must be kept separate from other recyclables.

Questions can be directed to the Delaware General Health District at 740-368-1700.

OCU Dean’s List

CIRCLEVILLE — Students named to the Dean’s List at Ohio Christian University College of Adult and Graduate Studies for the Fall Semester: Monique Davis of Westerville; Eugenia Lilliard of Westerville; Dustin McDermott of Sunbury; Hope McPeek of Westerville.

County boards of elections recognized

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted recently commended the boards of elections in both Franklin and Hamilton Counties on their awards in the Election Worker Best Practices Competition overseen by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). The Franklin and Hamilton County Boards of Elections were two of only five counties nationwide chosen for the prestigious award.

“The 2016 Presidential Election in Ohio was not only one of the most well-run systems in the nation, it was also one of the most efficient and strong performances our state has seen in many years and that is due to the innovative and diligent work of the people are our 88 county boards of elections,” Secretary Husted said.

The Franklin County Board of Elections was recognized for their program “Champions of Democracy,” a campaign that partners with local businesses in order to help recruit and train new poll workers to ensure voters have positive experiences while casting their ballots on Election Day.

Panera opens in Hospital

Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, is proud to announce the Grand Opening of its newest Panera Bread location at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) on Dec. 13, 2016.

The new bakery-café will be located at 611 E. Livingston Avenue across from the main hospital.

This will be the first Panera Bread location on the NCH campus for Covelli Enterprises, which currently operates more than 300 Panera Bread locations in six states and in Canada including 45 in Central Ohio.

“We couldn’t be more proud of our relationship with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, so we are thrilled to expand it with a location on the main hospital’s campus,” said Sam Covelli, Owner/Operator of Covelli Enterprises. “We look forward to providing healthy food options in a clean, warm and welcoming environment for all Nationwide Children’s Hospital doctors, staff, and patients and continuing our support of the wonderful work being done at the hospital.”

“Panera is a great partner for Nationwide Children’s,” stated Patty McClimon, Senior Vice President of Strategic and Facilities Planning. “They offer healthy meal options in a fast, friendly environment. Our staff and patient families have been counting the days for them to arrive!”

In addition to monetary and in-kind support for the hospital, Albert M. Covelli, son of CEO Sam Covelli, currently sits on the NCH Foundation Board.

Galena student in Psych Club

ASHLAND — Alyssa Cira of Galena is a member of Ashland University’s Psychology Club.

Cira is majoring in psychology.

She is the daughter of Greg and Cheryl Cira of Galena. Cira is a 2014 graduate of Big Walnut High School.

KSU’s local freshmen

KENT — The Honors College at Kent State University welcomes one of its highest achieving freshman classes ever and continues its strong collegiate enrollment. These academically motivated freshmen have an average ACT composite score of more than 29 points and have all been awarded honors scholarships.

Kent State University welcomes the following students into the newly enrolled Honors College freshman class: Sophia Poderys of Westerville; Ashley Nguyen of Westerville; Mikaela Ray of Westerville; Elizabeth Bosak of Westerville.

Javery in UF orchestra

FINDLAY — Joshua Javery, of Westerville, recently performed with the University of Findlay Orchestra. Conducted by Thomas Carey, the orchestra presented “A Fall Concert” in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium.

Other local students include: Abby Jokerst of Westerville; Rachel Renz of Galena.

Miami students studied abroad in summer

OXFORD — Miami University students spent the summer 2016 semester studying abroad. Local students included:

Queenesther Adu of Westerville, studied in China; Liana Clareson of Westerville, studied in Italy; Jacob Eckhardt of Westerville, studied in China; Caroline Ford of Westerville, studied in Kosovo and Croatia; Matthew Lascheid of Westerville, studied in Ireland; Charles Malone of Westerville, studied in Germany; Annie Moore of Galena, studied in United Kingdom and France; Emmalee Sima of Galena, studied in Luxembourg; Kevin Vestal of Westerville, studied in Cuba.

In addition to Miami’s Luxembourg campus, Miami students can study abroad in over 90 locations around the world.

Closed charter school audited

Columbus – State auditors cited more than $1 million in overpayments, unsupported spending and questioned costs in the closeout audit of a shuttered Columbus charter school released by Auditor of State Dave Yost.

The ScholArts Preparatory and Career Center for Children shut its doors on Feb. 28, 2013 but neither the school nor its sponsor, Kids Count of Dayton, completed the community school closing procedures required by state law. The school also neglected to repay $477,888 in state foundation overpayments that resulted from its overreporting of student attendance during the 2012-13 school year.

Belmont Dean’s List

NASHVILLE, TN — The following local students achieved the Dean’s List at Belmont University for the Fall 2016 semester. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

Pamela Gabriel of Westerville; Madeline McNabb of Westerville; Katharine Myers of Westerville; Brooke Pulkrabek of Westerville; David Sturges of Sunbury; Alexandria VanHouwe of Westerville.