About Tara Salsman

A native of Alabama, Tara now calls Delaware "Sweet Home." She is a wife, a mother of twins, a calligrapher, and an aspiring everything. Despite an unfortunate haircut in the critical middle school years, she strives to find beauty in every day life.

Experiencing Delaware’s newest legend, Son of Thurman


Delaware’s newest restaurant, Son of Thurman, is now open for business! My family and I went last Friday night, their second day open, to try it out.

We have never ventured down to the original Thurman Cafe in German Village, so we weren’t totally sure what to expect from this experience. I had kept track of a few of the improvements via the Son of Thurman facebook page, but it doesn’t compare to the first time you walk into a new renovated space. [Read more…]

Winter Skin Care

Winter can be really hard on a person’s skin. Even those with typically oily skin find that January brings on itchy sometimes cracking skin on the face, arms and hands. With Ohio winters being cold, dry (humidity wise– we have plenty of snowy precipitation!) and windy these problems are exacerbated along with furnaces that dry the air even more. Add on top of that flu season and frequent hand washing, and it’s a recipe for a miserable feeling winter. [Read more…]

Engagement Season in Delaware

Engagement Season

You may have seen a new term floating around the internet over the past few years– Engagement Season. Typically this means the time between [Read more…]

Being a good Neighbor

 Welcome to the Neighborhood

Our across-the-street neighbors, who lived in the house for 34 years, moved last week. It’s bittersweet in that they are changing states in order to be closer to their grandchildren, but it’s always sad to leave the place you’ve grown to love over so many years. This weekend, [Read more…]

Women’s City Club Festival of Trees kicks off the Christmas season

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Festival co-director, Laurie Lendon decorates her tree for this year’s auction.

This Saturday, December 7 from 10am-7pm Delaware’s Women’s City Club is hosting their annual Christmas fundraiser and it promises to be fun for the entire family!  [Read more…]

Delaware City Voters Guide

Editors note: Below is a list of some local issues and candidates. The editors, writers and staff of DelawareO do not endorse any issue or candidate. The information has been gathered from a number of sources and we make no claims as to its accuracy. Please do your own research and exercise the most precious right we have – to get out and vote. Paid political advertisments on DelawareO do not indicate an endorsement.

November 5th Delaware City Voter’s GuideOn Tuesday November 5th, Delaware City will take to the polls! The City Council race is the most hotly contested of this election cycle (The Delaware City School Board members are all running unopposed, as well as two judges and one court clerk), and there is one issue for voter’s to decide by ballot.

Here’s a quick, non-partisan rundown for you of voter’s choices.

Delaware City Schools (choose 3)Board members
Jayna McDaniel-Browning
Frances O’Flaherty
Debra Rafeld
write-in: Brandon Len Feller

I have not found any campaign information related to the write-in candidate Brandon Len Feller. If you have information related to this candidate, please comment below.


The two issues for ward 4-B voters to decide on the ballot is whether or not to allow two downtown restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages on Sunday. Issue one is to allow Sunday sales at  1808 American Bistro and Issue Two is to allow Sunday Sales for Veritas Tavern.

Delaware City Council

Our city council is comprised of 7 members, three of which are “at-large” members (meaning they are not associated with any specific area of town).  The other four seats are each from a specific ward of Delaware city. The mayor and vice-mayor elected council members who are then voted into office by the council. The three at-large seats are the seats open during this election, and voters can vote for up to 3 candidates. Candidates are listed here in alphabetical order. I’m including some basic background information as well as a quote found either on their website or in previous articles that shines some light on their plans while in office or anything else I felt was interesting or pertinant.

George A. Hellinger has 7 years of experience on the Delaware city planning commission, the past 2 years have been as chairman. “I truly enjoy planning commission, but if I could be a council rep to the planning commission, that could be even better.”

Robert Hoffman has previously served on the council for 3 terms.

Teri M. Owens is a 1997 grad of Capital University who also received “legal training” at OSU and Capital U’s Law School. She currently serves as office manager and legal assistant in her husband’s Delaware law office. “I believe problems can be solved while keeping taxes low and government efficient.” Her website is www.voteteriowens.com

Terrie A. Price is a lifelong Delaware resident and veteran of Columbus Division of Police (34 years served). He is interested in extending Sawmill Parkway to Delaware and adding a parking garage to downtown. “I’m just a regular, middle-class guy. I could have moved from here to follow jobs that I was offered, but I love Delaware, and I just want to make it a better place for everybody’s family.” (website is friendsofterrieprice.com. However, it seems that the majority of the content is “protected” so there isn’t much information available). His website can be found at www.friendsofterrieprice.com.

Carolyn K. Riggle is the only incumbent in this race. She has been serving on the council since 2003. She has served at a variety of non-profit organizations including the Delaware County Fair Board, Women’s City Club, and Jeff’s Jam. Her website is www.reelectcarolynkayriggle.com

Jeff Rike is a US Navy veteran and holds a Master’s in Public Administration. He intends to focus on downtown parking issues.  “I just like talking to people and finding out what they think. That’s really what City Council is for.”

Kent H. Shaffer is retired after more than 33 years in the Columbus Police Department. He currently owns his own consulting business which focuses in the criminal justice, public service and public policy arena. “I have been a public servant for over 33 years as a law enforcement officer, and want to continue to serve my hometown now on council.” His website is www.friendsofkentshafer.com

See you at the polls!

A Ghostly Night in Delaware

I don’t believe in ghosts. Really. But I’ll admit to sometimes doubting my own convictions when I hear certain stories and even hear sounds in my own home. That’s right, I’ve heard things. [Read more…]

Son Of Thurman Bringing Recipe for Success to Downtown Delaware

image This past week, I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Chris DeVol, Delaware’s newest business owner, to discuss his plans for the restaurant space at 5 North Sandusky Street (formerly the home of Nova and Generations). All of Delaware should be excited to hear that Chris’s family restaurant, Thurman’s Cafe of German Village, will be expanding and bringing Son of Thurman to our downtown! [Read more…]

Fall Family Activity Roundup!

One of my daughters in the hay maze at Miller's Country Gardens last year.

One of my daughters in the hay maze at Miller’s Country Gardens last year.

Fall is here!

I can’t say that fall is my favorite season– I can find something to love during every part of the year, and I’m almost always ready for the change of seasons right around the time is comes. But fall has so many things I love– pumpkin everything, crisp apples, football and sweaters.

As October gets started, here are some fun things to do with your family! Please add your favorite fall day trips and things to do in the comments.

 Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere!

Of course, I have to start this roundup with pumpkin farms. There are several different places you can go which, I think, all cater to a different sort of crowd.

If you have older kiddos and you’re looking for a lot of activities, Leed’s farm is definitely the place to be. www.LeedsFarm.com. Leeds has a zip line, slides, hayrides, pedal carts, corn boxes– if you can think of something farm and fall related, they probably have it. This is on top of the farm animals for younger and less adventurous kids to enjoy. Admission is $10 for kids 3-18 and $8 for those over 19. Adults over 55 are free to get in, but would need to pay for any rides.

Lehner’s pumpkin farm in Radnor is great for groups and younger children. In addition to a hayride and play area, there is a petting zoo, train rides for children and adults, and an 8 acre corn maze. Christy Lehner is one of the owners and is a school teacher, so she can easily help you put together an educational trip to the farm for your preschool or home-school group. www.LehnerPumpkins.com

Though it is much more low key than Leed’s and Lehner’s, Miller’s Country Gardens also offers some fun fall activities. There is a hay bale maze for young children (last year, my girls were just short of two and they loved it), as well as a large corn maze for the older set. At Miller’s you can take a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkin! www.MillersCountryGardens.com

 Festivals and other outdoor Fun

There is also Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival at Freeman’s farm in Galena. Activities are happening weekends through October and include a petting zoo, scarecrow making, and hayrides. Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival: www,FreemansFarm.com

Kilbourne Fall Festival is coming up quick, October 5th. Just a few miles north on highway 521, the little village of Kilbourne hosts an event with a parade, storytelling, a petting zoo and games. The parade starts around 11:30, so get there early for a day full of fun!

Fall is a fantastic time for star gazing, and Delaware is lucky to have the Perkins Observatory just south of town on Highway 23. Regular programs include a tour of their observatory and an astronomy talk. If skies are clear, you could get a look through their telescope, or during the day programs, you could get to see a rocket launch. Tickets sell out fast for their programs, so if you’re interested in going, be sure to get to their website to order soon www.Perkins.OWU.edu

Preservation Parks has several programs that look interesting for the fall. At Deer Haven Preserve on October 26th there will be a Beautiful Bats program. On October 19th there’s an Apple Celebration at Gallant Farm. Check out all of their events at www.PeservationParks.com

I’ll be posting more information about this in the coming weeks, but don’t forget the Northwest Neighborhood Association’s annual Ghost Walk.This guided tour around downtown Delaware is being held October 19th from 6-9pm. Tickets are $15, and include a free movie of your choice at the Strand Theater afterwards.

 Halloween Family Fun!

The first event of the Halloween season is the Delaware Halloween Party on October 26th. There will be hot dogs, a marshmallow roasting bonfire, games and lots more.

Gallant Woods has a lot of programs going on, but I think the most interesting is going to be the Trick or Treat Trail on October 27 from 1-4. Costumed kids can walk the trail gathering candy from characters as well as a hay ride and pumpkin decorating.

Several area churches are hosting “Trunk or Treat” events where cars are decorated and folks hand out goodies from their trunks. There are usually games and lots of fun to be had. LifePoint Church in Orange/Lewis Center is hosting theirs October 27 from 4-6.

 Getting Ready for Christmas Already

The Arts Castle hosts their Castle Arts Affair November 8-10. The castle will be decorated for Christmas and there are great hand-crafted, affordable pieces that could be the perfect gift for those on your list!

 For those chilly and rainy days

Fundamentals has three different author visits scheduled for this fall. Come by and meet Tyler Whitesides, author of the Janitors series on October 15 from 6:30-8pm; Robert Sabuda, a paper artist who has made some gorgeous pop-up books on October 22nd from 6:30-8pm, and Mindy McGinnis, a local author whose first book release Not a Drop to Drink was just released September 24th, on Ocober 26th again from 6:30-8pm.

Both the Arts Castle and OWU’s Ross art gallery have several exhibits going on. The Arts Castle Equine Jubilee will be open for viewing until October 23rd.

I hope everyone gets out during this beautiful fall weather and enjoys Delaware! Be sure to comment below where you’ve been and what you enjoyed!


Lou Ferrigno is sworn in as Delaware County’s newest Special Deputy

 “The Deputy Sheriff is the backbone of law enforcement”

Delaware County has a new special deputy, but you might not want to make him angry. Lou Ferrigno, best known as The Hulk from the late 70s TV show The Incredible Hulk, was sworn in as special deputy at 11:30am by Sheriff Russell Martin.

Lou Ferrigno, TV's The Incredible Hulk, being sworn in as Delaware County Special Deputy Sheriff on September 20, 2013.

Lou Ferrigno, TV’s The Incredible Hulk, being sworn in as Delaware County Special Deputy Sheriff on September 20, 2013.

Ferrigno’s main focus as a special deputy will be health and wellness, particularly that of fellow deputies. “It’s important to combine the mind and body as a team. It’s [the body’s] fitness is huge. I talk to deputies about working out and keeping in shape… It’s all about eating properly, training properly and sleeping properly,” he said. Ferrigno speaks frequently around the country on fitness and health, as well as his personal story of hearing loss and determination to get where he is today.

Ferrigno approached the Delaware County Sheriff’s office about joining forces after conversations with his friend, Morrow County Deputy Kim Denty. “We felt it would be the ideal sheriff’s department [to partner with] because of the integrity and the leadership here.” Throughout his remarks, Ferrigno emphasized the need for trust between deputies as well as in the community.

Nearly 10 years ago, he spent 6 months to complete the law enforcement academy and now serves as a Certified Law Enforcement Officer in two Southern California departments where he participates in search and rescue operations, motivational speaking in the academy, as well as other special tasks.

Sheriff Martin said that from his first phone call with Ferrigno, “genuineness and integrity came

Ferrigno and Sheriff Russell Martin share a laugh with reporters.

Ferrigno and Sheriff Russell Martin share a laugh with reporters.

through there. We’re grateful he chose this office to partner with. We’re looking for a long term relationship to hopefully impact some people down the road.” There are a variety of possibilities for how Ferrigno can continue his relationship with the Department. He says he intends to join the deputies whenever he comes back through the area, possibly speaking in local prisons and jails to motivate inmates to change their life in addition to his work with deputies.