Staff Reports

Lawmakers to hold town hall to discuss Ohio education plan. Event to raise awareness on state’s response to new federal ESSA rules.

COLUMBUS— State Reps. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) and Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) will host a town hall Thursday, April 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Marion-Franklin High School Auditorium to discuss and raise public awareness on the current state education plan drafted in response to the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This event is free and open to the public.

Scioto Zoning meetings

Township Zoning Commission meetings are on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Township Community Center located at 3737 Ostrander Rd., Ostrander, Ohio 43061.

Scioto Township Zoning Commission 2017 Schedule: April 10; May 8; June 12; July 10; August 14; September 11; October 9; November 13; December 11.

Preservation Parks briefs

Registration is not required for the following free programs. For more information on parks and programs, visit Those with questions may call 740-524-8600, or email

• Saturday, April 15, 1 p.m. Waste Not, Want Not: Frugal Fabric. Generations ago, stained or worn clothing went on to become other useful items. Explore various upscale techniques for worn and stained t-shirt. Bring yours to experiment. All ages. Gallant Farm, 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road.

• Saturday, April 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday, April 16, noon-4 p.m. All Aboard for Railroad Fun! Visitors can watch the model trains travel through a miniature village, and learn a bit about the history of railroading in America. Free; all ages. Sandel Legacy Trail, 168 S. Vernon St., Sunbury.

• Monday, April 17, Story Time in the Park. Join a naturalist as we read The Salamander Room; then take part in a fun activity. A short nature walk will be offered afterward. Ages 0-3, accompanied by an adult. Emily Traphagen Park, 5094 Seldom Seen Road.

Tax Day Bean Day

The Delaware County League of Women Voters plan their 3rd annual Tax Day Bean Dinner at 5:30 p.m. April 19 in 1st Presbyterian Church, 73 West Winter Street, Delaware, 43015.

The meal consists of bean and ham soup, and cornbread.

At 7 p.m., guest speaker Dr. Sean Kay of Ohio Wesleyan University will discuss his new book Rockin’ the Free World.

Medicare Class in Galena

Insurance specialists from SourcePoint will teach a New to Medicare class at Harlem Township Hall, 3883 State Route 605 in Galena, on Monday, April 24 at 6 p.m. Anyone wanting to learn more about Medicare is invited to attend.

New to Medicare also is routinely offered at SourcePoint, 800 Cheshire Road in Delaware. The class will be held April 12 at 10 a.m. and April 26 at 6 p.m.

Those who attend can get useful information regarding traditional Medicare (Parts A&B), Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C), and Prescription Drug Plans (Part D), as well as Medicare supplements, which can help cover the gaps in traditional Medicare. Pre-registration is required, call 740-203-2382 or visit

SourcePoint is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides professional expertise, services, and programs for Delaware County adults who want to thrive after 55. Services and programs are supported in part by the local senior services levy, corporate and private donations, sponsorships, grants, and by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. SourcePoint is a United Way agency.

Local author at KDB

Trevor Zahara, author of Confessions of an OSU Usher, will give a presentation at the KDB Restaurant at Easton Mall 157 Easton Town Center, Columbus, 6-8 p.m. on April 14.

An OSU graduate from Westerville, Zahara has spent the last 16 months touring book stores, libraries, schools, social organizations, sports bars , restaurants and Alumni associations utilizing a 40-minute PowerPoint presentation with rah rah videos and a trivia contest.

A military veteran and 31-year veteran of the Xerox Corportation, Zahara has been an usher at Ohio Stadium for 19 years, and his book was 5 years in the making.

Ohio Seeking Partners

The Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) is seeking partners to help develop and grow Ohio small, minority-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses through the Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC) Program. This program supports minority-owned businesses by offering no cost counseling, state certification support, and training-focused on creating jobs and increasing sales.

In order to maintain the highest quality services for Ohio minority-owned businesses, DSA will be conducting an open competition to select MBAC regional partners across the state. Non-profit organizations, economic development organizations, and educational institutions with strong experience in business and economic development will be eligible for the program.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) is now open until April 21, 2017, with award notifications planned for May 2017. To apply and download the MBAC RFP, visit:, under “Minority Business Assistance Center.”

25th annual dinner

The 25th annual “Hearts for Hospice” benefit dinner and silent and live auctions will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Cardington-Lincoln High School in Cardington. Tickets cost $15, or free for children under 5. For more information, visit or call 419-946-9822.

Hospice of Morrow County is a nonprofit organization that provide compassionate end-of-life care and comfort to terminally ill patients and their families in the county and the surrounding area. Its goal is to never deny hospice services to anyone due to lack of ability to pay.

Harlem Clean Up April 22

Harlem Township Civic Association in cooperation with the Harlem Twp. Maintenance Dept. and the Delaware General Health District is sponsoring a Roadside Clean Up Campaign on Saturday, April 22.

Interested volunteers can pick up trash bags, road assignments, gloves, grabbers and safety vests from 9-10 a.m. at the Harlem Grange Hall, 12990 Center Village Rd. Volunteers are encouraged to return to the Grange between 11 and 12 for a free lunch, bragging rights on the most unusual finds, and return of safety vests, grabbers, etc. For your convenience you may call Valerie Pedersen, 740-965-3670 to secure a road assignment and bags ahead of time.

Trash filled bags will be picked up along assigned roads on Monday, April 24 by the Twp. Maintenance crew. If you are not able to pick up trash on Sat. you can still participate on Sunday. For questions, Nancy Singer, Secretary, 740-965-6374, or

German Genealogy seminar

Ohio Chapter Palatines to America Spring Seminar takes place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 22 in the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Branch, 96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. The topic is “Beyond the Obvious – German Genealogy.”

Presenting Dr. Fritz Juengling, Ph.D., German Research Specialist at Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, as featured speaker. There are more people in central Ohio with a German heritage than any other country origin. The annual spring seminar of the Ohio Chapter Palatines to America will be a good place to learn more about researching your own German heritage.

Member: $45; Non-Member: $55; Deadline for advance registration: April 8, 2017; After April 8, 2017 cost is $55 for Members and $65 for Non-Members. Fees include syllabus, seminar sessions, and Full Buffet lunch by Schmidt’s Sausage Haus.

Registration will be available online at: <> or with check payable to Ohio Chapter-Palam.

Citizen’s Police Academy Reunion Banquet

An informal reunion dinner to discuss the creation of an Genoa Township Citizen’s Police Academy alumni association takes place at 6 p.m. April 24 at 5111 South Old 3c Westerville, Ohio 43082.

Dinner starts at 6 p.m., followed by an informational session to discuss the creation of the alumni. During this gathering, we will discuss what the citizen’s police alumni association will involve, the timeline for creation, future scheduled meetings and more. There is no commitment needed to attend. If you just want to come and hang out, eat some food and reminisce, please feel free to do so. We will have a sign-up list for those that are interested in participating in the program.

If you plan to attend, RSVP to by April 10th.

Meeting location change

The Olentangy Local Schools Board of Education Business Session Meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Olentangy High School, 675 Lewis Center Rd., Lewis Center.

Gravestones studied April 29

The Ohio Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies will have its Spring Meeting on April 29, at the Harlem Township Grange Hall, 12900 Center Village Road, Galena OH 43021.

The meeting is from 10 a.m. to noon with presentations by Krista Horrocks of the association on the Frederickstown Cemetery and Vicki Tieche on Harlem Township Cemetery Stones plus others. There will be a break for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. (lunch arrangements are not definite yet).

At 1 p.m. there will be a tour in Harlem Cemetery — parking is available behind the New Directions Church across from the cemetery. Harlem Cemetery is on Gorsuch Road on the east side of Harlem. At 2 p.m. the cemetery tour will move to the old section of Fancher Cemetery, on the north side of Fancher Road between Miller-Paul and Harlem Roads. The old section is nearest Fancher Road. Park along the drives. The tour will begin at the top of the hill.

This meeting is open to the public and free. There will be a few Harlem Township displays and copies of the Harlem Township historical booklets for sale including the new 2017 booklet on Richard Thompson.

Please RSVP if you will be able to attend so we know how many to prepare for. Hope to see you there.

Carney fills new position

Adam Carney of Plain City has been named director of membership sales for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

Carney brings more than 10 years of sales and sales leadership experience to this newly created position. He was most recently employed as director of premium sales and service with the Columbus Crew. Carney received his bachelor’s degree in sports management/business from Wilmington College in 2005. He and his wife, Jody, have two children.

Ohio Farm Bureau is the state’s largest and most inclusive farm and food organization. Its mission is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers.

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