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Toby Boyce has been a professional writer since 1993 covering high school, college, independent and professional teams. Those that can't do -- write. Telling those that can what they did wrong.

DelCo Profit Builders Invites Community to Visitor’s Day


DelCo Profit Builders, a chapter of the international networking organization BNI, will hold a visitors’ day on Tuesday, April 28, at 8 a.m. the Council for Older Adults in Delaware, Ohio. [Read more…]

Delaware Ohio’s November PREMIER meetup/networking event! (The Second Circle)

We now have a name. From here on we are called the “Second Circle.” We’ll explain its origin and meaning at the next few meetings.

We meet again Wednesday, November 19th 2014 at Staas Brewing Company (31 W. Winter St., Delaware OH 43015) from 6 to 7:30 pm. There is ample street and public parking within one block.

Please join us if you are a local business person or active in local social media. Can you think of a better way to spend a Wednesday night? Plus you can enjoy a selection craft beers made at the location. There is no fee to attend the event…your only cost is your own beverage.

Corporate sponsors this month include Pure n Simple Natural Foods, S J Barakony of Service Before Self Leadership and our hosts, Don and Liz Staas.

We will again have announcements and the usually unpredictable business card drawing. If you wish to donate a gift for the drawing, let me know.
We start at 6 PM and network for about 50 minutes. We have announcements, do some prize give aways and then network some more!

Thanks to the 24 who attended and made the October event another fine one. Since they do not serve food on the premises, a group of us will again go to a local restaurant after. (All are welcome.)

Register online: Google Form For Second Circle

Questions or to RSVP: Stephen Evanko – e-mail or 740-816-7123.

Staas Brewing to host Delaware Ohio’s PREMIER Networking/Meetup Event!

Delaware’s PREMIER Networking/Meetup event will meet again Wednesday, October 15, at Staas Brewing Company from 6 – 7:30 pm. There is ample street and public parking within one block.


Stass Brewing is opening special on a Wednesday for the event so let’s have a great turnout!

Please join if you are a local business person or active in local social media. Can you think of a better way to spend a Wednesday night? You’ll enjoy:

  • You can enjoy a selection craft beers made at the location.
  • There is no fee to attend the meetup. Your only cost is your own food and beverage.

Corporate sponsors this month include Delaware, Ohio’s hometown professional lacrosse team The Ohio Machine, Toby Boyce of Howard Hanna Realcom Realty, and our hosts, Stass Brewing owner’s Don and Liz Staas.

We will again have announcements and the usually unpredictable business card drawing. If you wish to donate a gift for the drawing, let me know.

We start at 6 p.m. and network for about 50 minutes. We have announcements, do some prize give aways and then network some more and enjoy food and beverage!

Thanks to those who made the September event another fine one. The food was catered in by the Delaware Community Market and our hosts, Steve and Sandi at Blend of Seven Winery.

Register online or by contacting Delaware Insurance Advisor’s Stepehn Evenko at 740-816-7123 or by e-mail.

Staas Brewing is located at 31 West Winter Street in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio.

Machine Give Outlaws Everything But Loss

Steele Stanwick,Ohio Machine,

Ohio Machine’s Steele Stanwick, shown in action from last season, led the charge with four assists and a goal against the Denver Outlaws on Sunday. [File Photo]

Ohio Machine coach Bear Davis doesn’t believe in “moral victories” but even he has to be looking back on Sunday’s game with excitement and hope for the 2014 season.

Ohio (1-1) traveled to Denver to take on one of Major League Lacrosse’s top teams in the Outlaws (2-0) and fell 14-12 in an exciting and spirited contest. With the victory Denver has now won 22-straight regular-season games but this one was in doubt until the final seconds ticked off the clock.

Ohio trailed 13-12 when its top offensive threat Steele Stanwick was smothered by Denver defender Lee Zink resulting in a turnover and another Outlaws goal. The Machine won the ensuing face-off but with 22 seconds remaining where limited to a Kyle Harrison two-point try that was deflected away by Denver as time expired.

The Outlaws were dominated through much of the third and first seven minutes of the fourth quarter by the Machine. However, former Ohio face-off specialist Anthony Kelly won back-to-back face offs with about six minutes left in the game to get Denver back on track and it finished with a 6-1 run to claim the victory.

Ohio trailed 5-3 at halftime after a sloppy first-half that saw both teams committing unforced turnovers and looking for more. Ohio came out of halftime hot and outscored the Outlaws 11-4 after trailing 4-0 to start the contest.

Marcus Holman and Kevin Cooper each recorded hat tricks to lead the Machine, while Holman added two assists in the contest. Veteran Harrison continued his early-season mastery tallying two goals, while Stanwick, Peter Baum, Greg Downing and Bill McGlone posted single goals. Stanwick posted four assists while Jake Bernhardt chipped in two and Baum one.

Scott Rogers (1-1) recorded 12 saves in the loss.

Ohio Machine will stay on the road travelling to Florida with a battle against the expansion Launch (1-1) – led by former Machine No. 1 pick Chazz Woodson – on Saturday, May 10, at 7 p.m.



Machine Post Victory in Season Opener


Photo courtesy of the Ohio Machine.

Fans could sense a different air around the Ohio Machine this preseason. Talk of “building the right way” was replaced by discussions of the talent on the roster and expectations for the 2014 season.

Those expectations started on a positive note Saturday, when the Machine went into Charlotte and caged the Hounds with a 15-8 victory in the season opener for both teams.

The victory highlighted a few very positive movements for the Machine led by President and General Manager John Algie and second-year coach Bear Davis, including:

  • Ohio Machine’s first-ever opening day victory.
  • Ohio Machine’s have a winning record (1-0) for the first-time in team history.
  • Ohio Machine claimed its first victory over its 2012 expansion counterpart in Charlotte (1-4).

On Saturday night, the Machine came out of the gates firing on all cylinders screaming to a 7-1 lead through the first 1-1/2 quarters when rookie Peter Baum, last year’s No. 1 draft pick, scored his second goal on the night. The Hounds were not ready to submit as they climbed back to within one at 7-6 when former Machine Joel Cummings scored.

Midfielder Jake Bernhart scored two straight goals to push the Machine’s lead back to three markers and Charlotte would never get any closer.

On the night Baum, Bernhart, and MLL veteran but Machine newcomer Kyle Harrison tallied hat tricks with three goals on the night. Attacker Marcus Holman tallied two goals and two assists while Jim Connolly added a pair of goals.

In the net, Scott Rogers (1-0) went the distance for the Machine tallying 23 saves.

The Machine return to the field on Saturday, May 4, at 5 p.m. against the very-talented Denver Outlaws in Denver, Colo. Ohio will return home on Saturday, May 10, for a 7 p.m. face-off against the New York Lizards in the season’s home opener at Selby Field.

Ohio Machine 15, Charlotte Hounds 8

April 26, 2014. Charlotte, N.C.

Teams 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Shots Face Off
Ohio Machine (1-0) 6 1 5 3 15 32 17-27
Charlotte Hounds (0-1) 0 4 4 0 8 31 10-27

LeRoy Jenkins Former Residence to be Razed

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470 South Sandusky Street – the former home of  Reverend LeRoy Jenkins – is scheduled to be demolished by the end of May. [toby boyce /]

One of Reverend LeRoy Jenkins final ties to Delaware, Ohio, will soon be gone and buried — much like the city has tried to remove his memory.

Jenkins built the 39,000+ square foot “campus” at 470 South Sandusky Street in 1976. The home dates back to before the Civil War and was restored by Dr. Edward C. Jenkins, no relation to the Reverend, and his wife after World War II. The “haunted” house became one of love and compassion as Dr. Jenkins utilized it as an off-shoot of his medical facilities throughout Central Ohio. The “clinic” – ran by the Doctor and his registered nurse wife – never considered a person’s ability to pay..

“My father and mother raised 6 children there as well as always welcoming those in need or their children to come stay with us until they got back on their feet. It was a gracious home filled with laughter and many serious discussions of problems in the world. Each person was expected to participate, no matter their age, and be able to support their views,” corrected my previous statements in the comments. (Updated April 22, 2014 at 1:51 p.m.)

Rev. Jenkins purchased the property and then sold it to the Yogi Divine Society of New Jersey purchased the building for $1,350,000. The Yogi Divine Society of New Jersey attempted to sell the property in fall 2011 and spring 2012 for $1,500,000 but the listing expired. [Read more…]

Bankruptcy to Dam Up Delaware County Store

logo4D4C4Bv2Much like the Delaware Dam has done to the Olentangy River, Chapter 11 bankruptcy is draining the remaining life from women’s retail giant Coldwater Creek. Leading the company to close its store at the Polaris Mall in Southern Delaware County, Ohio.

Coldwater Creek has not turned a profit since 2007 and has been unable to find a buyer during that perio, according to Bloomburg News, and plans to have all stores and operations wrapped up by Mother’s Day. Shares of the Idaho-based store have fallen 95 percent from its height – including losing 17 percent on Thursday.

In addition to the Delaware County store, two other Central Ohio locations and an outlet center in Jefersonville will close.

Two Delaware Restaurants Referred For Legal Action

The Delaware General Health District has referred two businesses to the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office for possible legal action after they failed to renew their food license and are currently operating without one according to a news release from the organization.

The two establishments are Obee’s Deli Market located at 2319 U.S. 23 North in Delaware and West End Bar and Grill located at 14 W. William St. in Delaware. The Delaware Board of Health voted at their March 25 meeting to refer the businesses to the prosecutor’s office after they neglected to renew their retail food license by the annual due date of March 1.

Ohio law requires retail food sellers to have a valid license from their local health department. Licensed food operations are subject to inspections designed to assure food safety and cleanliness for consumers and to prevent foodborne illnesses.

For more information on the Food Protection and Public Safety program, visit DGHD at

BREAKING: Strand Theatre Temporarily Closed

Strand TheatreDelaware’s historic Strand Theatre has been in operation since 1916. And every once in a while the old girl shows a little tweak of her age.

On Saturday, it was announced that the Strand Theatre will be closed through Tuesday due to a boiler issue which has left the facility with no heat.

“We will not know the damage until Monday when they check on the parts,” said Strand Manager Kara Long. “Some pipes froze going to the boiler and caused damage to the boiler is all I know right now.”

The HVAC professionals will be in on Monday to assess the situation. Hopefully the old girl gets some good news because Downtown Delaware isn’t the same with her dark.

Machine Acquire Two Draft Picks For 2015

Only a matter of days after completing the 2014 Collegiate Draft the Ohio Machine have already started stock-piling picks for next season.

Stephen Peyser Ohio Machine

Machine acquire two picks for Stephen Peyser. [USA Lacrosse]

On Tuesday, the Machine sent midfielder Stephen Peyser to Chesapeake for its first-round pick in the 2015 Supplemental Draft and second-round pick in the Collegiate draft.

“Between the most recent Supplemental and Collegiate Drafts, we were able to build considerable depth at the midfield position,” said President and General Manager John Algie. “This allowed us the flexibility to move Peyser and bank some significant value that will help us moving forward.”

With the Machine drafting forward Tom Schreiber, Rob Guida, and Scott Loy in the collegiate draft this past weekend to join newcomers Kevin Cooper (via trade) and Bill McGlone, in the supplemental draft, will lead a revamped Ohio midfield during the 2014 season.

Peyser — who gained fame as part of the “lacrosse mafia” with Goldman Sachs — spent the 2013 season with the New York Lizards and was picked up by the Machine as part of the November trade that sent captain Kyle Hartzell to the Lizards. Peyser was originally the fifth-player selected in the first-round of the 2008 draft by the New Jersey Pride which already included two of his older brothers.