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Ray Ray’s now open on Maxtown Road.

Ray Ray’s now open on Maxtown Road.

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The Hartford Fair starts this weekend.

Gary Budzak | The News

Hartford Fair

The Hartford Fair runs August 5-12 at 14028 Fairgrounds Rd, Croton, OH. Lenny Lepola writes, “Many eastern Delaware County 4-H members do major projects at Hartford, then a minor project at the Delaware County Fair. Opening day is the king and queen contest, then a Phil Dirt & the Dozers concert and fireworks.”

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Other August events

The Ashley Corn Show is Aug. 3-5; Main Street Delaware’s First Friday Picnic with the Cops is Aug. 4; The 30th Dublin Irish Festival is Aug. 4-6; the Condit Auto Show and Ice Cream Social is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Condit Presbyterian Church; Sunbury’s Movie on the Square will be Moana at dusk Saturday; New Beginnings Church Summer Blowout is Aug. 5; this year’s Kilbourne Festival is Saturday August 19; Harlem Township Days are Aug. 19-20; Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds Food & Music Festival is Aug. 19.

Ray Ray’s Hog Pit

Ray Ray’s Hog Pit is excited to announce the opening of its newest location at 5755 Maxtown Rd., in Westerville. You can now get Ray Ray’s six days a week, Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

“We’re excited to be a part of the Westerville, Genoa Township community, and ready to serve our traditional, hardwood smoked barbecue to our loyal customers and hopefully gain some new fans.” says James “Ray Ray” Anderson, owner of both locations.

The original Ray Ray’s food truck is at Ace of Cups in Clintonville (2619 N. High St.). For more info,

Donaldson graduates from basic

U.S. Air Force Airman Alexander M. Donaldson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Donaldson is the son of Kristi A. Hamilton of East Canton, and Mark A. Donaldson of Galena.

He is a 2016 graduate of East Canton High School, East Canton, Ohio.

Now Open

  • Kiddie Academy of Westerville at 72 Westerview Drive in Westerville is now open. Register online at

  • CHOP5 Salad Kitchen and Giordano’s deep dish pizza on Polaris Parkway.

Chapman Attends Workshop on Stuttering

Bridget Chapman, M.A., CCC-SLP of Sunbury, Ohio was one of only 20 speech-language pathologists chosen to attend an intensive workshop on stuttering therapy.

Chapman, a fluency consultant for a school district and a therapist in private practice, is participating in the workshop, Using Cognitive Approaches to Working with People Who Stutter, in Boston, Massachusetts, from June 26-30, 2017. It is cosponsored by the Stuttering Foundation and Boston University.

“Since 1985, we have conducted these intensive workshops in order to increase the pool of speech-language pathologists trained in the latest techniques for the treatment of stuttering,” said Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation. “We are particularly excited to have Ali Berquez and Elaine Kelman from the Michael Palin Centre in London lead this year’s training.”

“Those selected to participate already have professional experience and are highly motivated,” added Diane Parris Constantino, M.A., of Boston University, and coordinator of the Workshop. “Although the Foundation provides full scholarships, many give up their vacations or part of their income to attend. Our task is to provide a forum where they can hone their skills.”

This year’s Workshop attendees are already providing stuttering therapy from Hawaii to Massachusetts, from Argentina to Lebanon.

The Stuttering Foundation estimates that more than 70 million stutter worldwide. It notes that the more than 370 past graduates of the Boston Workshop program have created a “ripple effect” back in their home communities as they continue to share their knowledge.

The Stuttering Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has been helping those who stutter since 1947. For more information, call 901-761-0343 or visit our websites at and

HD Media Acquires West Virginia Group from Civitas Media

HD Media Acquires West Virginia Group from Civitas Media. The newspapers and their related websites include the Logan Banner, Williamson Daily News, Coal Valley News and The Pineville Independent Herald.

The Logan and Williamson newspapers are published five days a week, Tuesday through Friday and a Sunday edition. The Coal Valley News and The Independent Herald are weeklies and published on Wednesday. HD Media publishes The Huntington Herald-Dispatch, The Wayne County News, The Putnam Herald, The Lawrence Herald, Tri-State Weekly and River Cities Magazine.

Lancaster Management Acquires Eastern Kentucky Group from Civitas Media

Appalachian Newspapers Inc., a unit of Alabama-based Lancaster Management Inc., acquired a group of newspapers in eastern Kentucky from Civitas Media. The publications include the Prestonsburg (KY) Floyd County Times, East Kentucky Shopper, Hazard (KY) Herald, Shopper Stopper and related digital platforms. Appalachian Newspapers is publisher of the Appalachian News-Express, Floyd County Chronicle, Mingo Messenger and Mountain Bargain Hunter in the same region.

(Civitas Media was the previous owner of The Delaware Gazette and The Sunbury News)

North Road to open Aug. 5

A portion of North Road in Lewis Center will remain closed through Saturday, Aug. 5, according to the Delaware County Engineer’s Office. The section of North Road between Shanahan and Lewis Center roads has been shut down due to a widening project. Officials with Decker Construction expect the work to be done by Aug. 5.

Union-Heffner intersection closed

Columbia Gas is closing the intersection of Union Street and Heffner Street, between Fountain Avenue and Sandusky Street, through Aug. 14. Columbia Gas will be boring under U.S. 23 in that area. A detour will be posted to assist motorists around the project area. Public questions may be directed to the Customer Service Request Line at 740-203-1810.

Cheshire Road closed for construction

The Delaware County Engineer reports that part of Cheshire Road will be closed until Tuesday, Aug. 15 for a construction project. The stretch of Cheshire from Tara Glen Drive to Gregory Road will be closed to traffic during the road-widening project, which is being conducted by Park Enterprise Construction.

Benefit in the Barn is back

Benefit in the Barn is a celebration of agriculture and music with proceeds benefitting partners of the Delaware County Hunger Alliance. It’s scheduled for 6 p.m. on Aug. 19 at Dawson Farms, 2831 Bowtown Road, Delaware. It includes a special performance by the Central Ohio Symphony plus dinner catered by City Barbeque and a cash bar. To purchase your tickets, visit or call the United Way of Delaware County at 614-436-8929. For information, call the Delaware County Farm Bureau at 740-363-1613.

Farm Pesticide Disposal day

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a collection for farmers wishing to dispose of unwanted pesticides on Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds (entrance off U.S. 23), 236 Pennsylvania Ave.

The pesticide collection and disposal service is free. Only farm chemicals will be accepted. Paint, antifreeze, solvents, and household or non-farm pesticides will not be accepted.

Pesticide collections are sponsored by the department in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To pre-register, or for more information, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987.

Ray Ray’s now open on Maxtown Road. Ray’s now open on Maxtown Road. Courtesy photo

The Hartford Fair starts this weekend. Hartford Fair starts this weekend. Gary Budzak | The News

Compiled by Gary Budzak

Information for this story was provided by W.B. Grimes & Company.

Information for this story was provided by W.B. Grimes & Company.