Machine hire new president

The Ohio Machine hired Ryan Chenault as their new team president. Chenault will assume his duties immediately and will oversee all business and lacrosse operations for the franchise. He comes to the Machine from Northwestern University, where he most recently served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing.

The Machine, which recently lost the Major League Lacrosse championship, have offices in Powell. They formerly played its home games at Ohio Wesleyan University, but now play at Ohio Dominican University along Sunbury Road.

Wine Spectator selections

The August issue of Wine Spectator magazine listed its 2016 Restaurant Awards, which highlight restaurants around the world that offer the best wine selections.

Among the Ohio restaurants that were listed were the following from the Columbus area: Barcelona; The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek (Gahanna); Hudson 29 Kitchen (New Albany, Upper Arlington); M; Mitchell’s Ocean Club; The Refectory; Smith & Wollensky; Tucci’s (Dublin).

Also listed were the Final Cut Steakhouse (Hollywood Casino, Toledo); Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse (Beachwood); Lola (Cleveland); Morton’s Steakhouse (Cincinnati, Cleveland); 1938 Restaurant and Pub (Bucyrus); Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Cincinnati).

Kiva Columbus launched announced the launch of Kiva Columbus, an initiative that brings crowdfunded microloans to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in Columbus and surrounding areas. Kiva Columbus is made possible by dozens of area organizations joining the initiative as supporters and trustees.

“This initiative is a virtuous circle of opportunity for Columbus where the return on investment is measured more by character than credit scores,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther in a news release. “We’re giving residents a critical way to directly support the small businesses that are the backbone and creative engine of our local economy, and in turn Columbus entrepreneurs get access to the capital that they need to grow.”

Those interested in applying for a loan can visit

Habitat for Humanity merger

Executive Director Todd C. Miller recently announced that the Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Delaware and Union counties have formally merged.

“Our new name, effective today is: Habitat for Humanity of Delaware & Union Counties,” Miller said in a letter. “We are all very excited about the possibilities that this merger brings to our organization. Most notably, we are excited for the opportunity to better serve the housing needs of families in both counties.

“With increased fundraising and sponsorship activities in Union County, we also strongly believe that we will be able to increase the number of families served in Union County, without diminishing the increasing progress that we are making in Delaware County.”

TCC donates backpacks

TCC announced that it donated 250 backpacks full of school supplies to students in Sunbury from its store at 139 State Route 3.

The July 30 giveaway by the Verizon retailer was part of an effort to donate 235,000 backpacks nationwide.

New Costco opens

Costco opened a new store in Plain City on Aug. 11. The 154,000-square-foot warehouse is located at 7300 State Route 161, in the Dublin Green Shopping Center, at the northwest corner of State Route 161/Post Road and Industrial Parkway off Highway 33 and Highway 161.

Previously, residents of the area had to drive approximately 15 miles northeast to Columbus or 20 miles southeast to Easton to shop at Costco.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Costco’s low warehouse prices to the residents of Columbus,” said Warehouse Manager Daniel Bennett in a news release. “They have been asking us to open here for a long time, and we already have made an impact on the local job market. We look forward to contributing to the community in many ways.”

Republicans rock?

Officials from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland said that during the Republican National Convention it received more than 4,000 visitors a day, breaking a record, so to speak. Among those who attended were Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Caitlyn Jenner.

The Rock Hall also said the best-selling non-RNC merchandise were Rush t-shirts. The most-photographed exhibit was “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics.”

OWU shares grant

Ohio Wesleyan University is sharing in a three-year, $450,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to support undergraduate students collaborating in neuroscience research at four private liberal arts institutions in Ohio and Indiana.

The grant creates a multi-institution Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site at Ohio Wesleyan, The College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio); Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio); and Earlham College (Richmond, Indiana).

“This REU unites the successful neuroscience undergraduate research programs (of the four colleges)”, the NSF stated in announcing the grant. “Participants will work on challenging, authentic research questions and learn methods, skills and content to succeed in their research endeavors.”

Zoo serves youth

On Aug. 2, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell held an event to provide under-served children from all over Central Ohio with an exciting adventure at the Zoo to cap off their summer. About 1,200 children attended, including those from the Delaware, Sunbury, Mt. Vernon, Marion, Newark, Heath, Buckeye Lake, Marysville, Athens and Washington Courthouse communities.

The event that is made possible through partnership with Donatos, the YMCA of Central Ohio and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

OWU receives Lilly grant

Ohio Wesleyan University has received a $600,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to establish a summer institute that will work to prepare high school students to become Christian leaders for a global society.

The four-year grant is part of Lilly Endowment’s High School Youth Theology Institutes, an initiative created to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues, and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.