Wreaths Across America Ceremony Dec. 13 at Cemetery


DELAWARE – Oak Grove Cemetery will take part in Wreaths Across America, the national nonprofit best known for its annual wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 900 locations nationwide.
Every year, thousands of veteran wreaths are placed during the holiday season by WAA volunteers. In all, an estimated total of 725,000 wreaths will be placed across the country on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.


In Delaware, the local Vietnam Veterans Association is planning a Dec. 13 ceremony at noon at Oak Grove’s Soldiers Circle, 334 South Sandusky Street, Delaware. The event will include placing of wreaths, a rifle volley, and the playing of “Taps.”
Marci Young is coordinating the local ceremony. She can be reached at 740-971-7421 or

Source: City of Delaware

Council hears concern for homeless in meeting



Mayor Riggle, Finance Director Stelzer, Auditor Yost and Manager Homan stand together after the award is given.

In a special ceremony during the city council meeting, state auditor Dave Yost honored the financial management of Delaware. Yost presented a state certificate for excellent financial reporting to Finance Director Dean Stelzer, who accepted the award on behalf of his staff. Stelzer was joined by Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle and City Manager Tom Homan, and Yost noted that Delaware was part of the five percent of cities that receive this award.

During the section for public comment, resident Amanda Henning spoke to the Council about the urgent need to help Delaware’s homeless community find shelter from the coming winter cold. Henning works at the Delaware County District Library, and said she knows 15-20 local residents who stay in the library most if not all day to have shelter, but after they close must sleep outdoors.

“I think, if we’re honest with ourselves, any one of us is a lost job, a lost relationship, a few bad decisions away from being in a similar situation,” Henning said.

Amanda Henning addresses council on the need to provide shelter for the homeless in Delaware.

Amanda Henning addresses council on the need to provide shelter for the homeless in Delaware.

Vice Mayor George Hellinger responded on the importance of the issue – one of life and death, he called it – and said that while most city finances go to “needs and wants,” few of them have this kind of impact on residents.

He’d already spoken with Manager Homan about a city response; Henning’s comments to the council followed a weekend discussion in a community forum on social media about the cold’s effects on those outdoors.

Councilman Joe DiGenova prepares to give the invocation.

Councilman Joe DiGenova prepares to give the invocation.



In the invocation, councilman Joe DiGenova also reflected on events from this weekend – specifically the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the U.S. into World War Two.

“I don’t think there’s enough emphasized at present in our media and in our education in the school system as far as what that really meant to the American people and the freedoms we have today,” DiGenova said.

The city council also looked at several ordinances concerning land and building developments, including approval – as the proximate city – of a territory acquisition for Jerome Village and a new commercial authority for Berkshire Township. They also approved an amended plan for MI Homes’ development north of Silversmith Lane.



Smoke-Testing Crews Move to Two New Areas This Week

imageDELAWARE – Through next week, City of Delaware crews will be smoke-testing the sanitary sewer lines and sewer lateral lines in the following two areas, between 7:30 am-4:30 pm:
The Industrial Park area, Pittsburgh Drive and London Road
East side neighborhoods east of Lake Street and north of Central Avenue.
City utility crews or contractors will isolate a small section of the sewer system and then blow non-toxic smoke through that section from a manhole. If there are defects in either the main sewer pipes or the private sewer laterals that serve individual homes and businesses, or if there are illegal cross-connections between the sewer and storm drain, smoke will rise to the surface and reveal these problems. This can be because of blockage, or through cracked pipes near a foundation or incorrectly connected pipes. Tree roots are the most common cause of defects. If a pipe develops a hairline crack, roots may grow toward this moisture, infiltrate the pipe, and widen the crack.

The smoke is harmless to humans, pets, food and material goods.

Any presence of smoke within the house should be reported to the crews working in the area, as this indicates locations where sewer gases can enter your home.  

Smoke testing is important preventative maintenance that helps the City pinpoint the location of sewer defects that may need repairs. Excess water infiltrates sanitary sewers each year through these defects. This raises the cost of wastewater treatment for the entire community and increases the risk of sewage overflows during storms. If smoke can exit through a defect, rain water can enter through that defect.

Our sanitary sewer system is designed to carry wastewater only. The storm water drainage system is a separate network of pipes that channels rainwater and other runoff into creeks and waterways, and eventually into the Olentangy River.

Residents with questions or concerns can call the Public Utilities Department Sewer Collection Division at 740-203-1953 or 740-203-1900.

Source City of Delaware.

Council recognizes service from all ages

Lisa Keller recognizes Joe DiGenova for his military service in Vietnam.

Lisa Keller recognizes Joe DiGenova for his military service in Vietnam.

Involvement in local civic participation and service in the national defense were prominent features of this week’s City Council meeting, held the day before Veteran’s Day.

“I just wanted to take a moment, on this Veteran’s Day eve, to honor one of our own,” said Second Ward Councilwoman Lisa Keller.

She was speaking about Third Ward Councilman Joe DiGenova, who served in Vietnam from 1965 to 1968.

“We thank you for your service to our country, and on behalf of City Council and all of America, we thank you for your service,” Keller said.

“If there’s anyone else who’s present in the audience this evening who served our country, we’d like to extend our gratitude on behalf of City Council. Thank you very much.”

During public comment, DiGenova said that they’d received funding from the County toward the Veterans’ Memorial Park, and he hopes it will be completed by this time next year – the 50th anniversary of his tour in Vietnam.

St. Mary Parish Cub Scout Loyal Eagles Patrol Pack #249 leads the Pledge of Allegiance.

St. Mary Parish Cub Scout Loyal Eagles Patrol Pack #249 prepares to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

While it’s been customary for a local faith leader to offer the invocation, this week’s meeting also saw special leaders for the Pledge of Allegiance – a local Cub Scout Pack from St. Mary’s Parish, led by Pack Leader Rob Gabel.

The Cub Scouts weren’t the only young leaders at the meeting – Council also recognized their high school counterparts in the Youth in Government program. Earlier in November, the eight students joined Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle, Fourth Ward Councilman Andrew Brush, City Manager Tom Homan and Assistant City Manager Jackie Walker in the Saturday morning event carried out with the Delaware YMCA.

The Youth in Government is usually focused on involving students in state politics, but in this new program they learned about city issues.

Local YMCA Youth in Government participants are recognized.

Local YMCA Youth in Government participants are recognized.

In general business, the city approved consideration of Speedway LLC’s request for a liquor permit at their future location on U.S. 23 North. Although local residents John and Susan McGrail raised some questions and concerns about the process, City Attorney Darren Shulman advised Council that there’d be no legal reason for an objection to the permit request.

Susan McGrail requests to speak during the liquor permit consideration.

Susan McGrail requests to speak during the liquor permit consideration.

Council also recognized and approved expansions for local acts of service – they granted conditional use permits to expand the Delaware Health Care Center and the Salvation Army’s site at 340 Lake Street. The Salvation Army hopes to build to offer short-term housing on their property, currently to between 20-24 people through double-occupancy rooms.

The city also considered an ordinance to renew their contract with the Delaware YMCA for another three years, although they held it over to a second reading.

No Shave November: Fourth Ward Councilman Andrew Brush offers advice ("Use conditioner") to Police Chief Bruce Pijanowski, who's growing a beard to raise funds for the United Way.

No Shave November: Fourth Ward Councilman Andrew Brush offers advice (“Use conditioner”) to Police Chief Bruce Pijanowski, who’s growing a beard to raise funds for the United Way.

DC professor predicts GOP victory in OWU lecture

George Washington University professor John Sides names battleground states of the 2014 midterm election.

George Washington University professor John Sides names battleground states of the 2014 midterm election.

Ohio Wesleyan has a strong politics and government department, but they added to it with a pre-election analysis from George Washington Univ. professor and Washington Post contributor John Sides.

Like the discussion with columnist Connie Schultz, Sides’ presentation was open to the public and had a strong following from Delaware residents. Sides, like many analysts, expects the Republican Party will win the Senate majority by a narrow margin; he explained why and what impact that could have.

Sides’ cooperative forecast for the Washington Post, based on scientific analysis of polling data, gives the Republican Party 52 seats and Democrats 48, with a 67 percent probability. It involved historical data on midterm declines for the President’s party, the President’s popularity, the party base of seats in question and the candidates selected.

Sides takes questions from the audience while OWU assistant professor Jenny Holland  moderates.

Sides takes questions from the audience while OWU assistant professor Jenny Holland moderates.

After a lengthy explanation, Sides took numerous questions from the audience, starting with OWU politics professor Jenny Holland on how public dissatisfaction with the government would affect voter turnout. Sides responded that turnout is hard to predict, but dissatisfaction may be counteracted by competitive races, which Americans tend to enjoy.

Sean Kay, director of OWU’s Arneson Institute for Practical Politics, raised the question of several races expected to go Republican but are very close currently. Sides acknowledged this but said the Republicans will still likely win, but only narrowly.

Arneson Institute Director Sean Kay listens to Sides' response.

Arneson Institute Director Sean Kay listens to Sides’ response.

History professor Michael Flamm raised a question about the influence of outside money in political races as a result of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and others; Sides said that it’s hard to tell what role this plays when a candidate wins or loses.

In the 2012 presidential election, the Obama campaign raised $1.1 billion, including $300 million from outside left-wing groups. Romney’s campaign raised $1.2 billion, around half of which was outside money as Sides put it.

“Outside money helped Romney keep pace, because he himself was not raising as much as Obama himself was raising,” Sides said.

On foreign policy, Sides predicted that President Obama would take more unilateral action should the GOP win the Senate.

“Then the question is, what’s he going to do?” Sides said. “And that’s where I don’t know the answer. I think the Middle East peace process is once again non-existent, you’re going to have this limited war in Syria and Iraq that he’s already announced.”

When asked about the effects of gridlock on the 2016 election, Sides pointed out that the leading predictions put the Republicans short of the 60 votes needed for a supermajority, which affects many areas except federal appointments and the budget.

Congress and the White House may compromise, he said, or the President could be sent laws that he would certainly veto on political grounds, causing more gridlock.

“That’s the same old political game, nothing’s happening,” said Sides.

Since the 2010 midterms, the House has largely acted in opposition to the Democratic agenda, he pointed out, but they may pursue passing policy when they have more power.

Pulitzer-winner talks politics at Ohio Wesleyan

OWU Journalism Department Chair Paul Kostyu, with Schultz.

OWU Journalism Department Chair Paul Kostyu, with Schultz.

With the midterm elections just days away, Ohio Wesleyan University hosted Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz for a discussion on current issues and the election with students and local residents.

She was introduced by OWU’s journalism department chair Paul Kostyu, who described Schultz as someone who is “infinitely attached to the political landscape (in Ohio) and knows it well.”

In Schultz’s 2005 award citation, the Pulitzer Prize Board calls her work “pungent columns that provided a voice for the underdog and underprivileged.” She writes a nationally syndicated column, previously wrote a column for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and is married to Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

Schultz discussed her views on several partisan issues while taking questions from the audience, which included a large number of female students and residents. The importance of women’s involvement in politics and the press was something she stressed repeatedly.

“I am a feminist, I don’t see how I could not be,” she said, crediting the women’s movement with allowing her to work as a national columnist. “…I get to write about politics and get to be one of the only women often on the op-ed page because of the feminist movement. I am a feminist out of gratitude, if nothing else.”


She said that both the Democratic and Republican parties need to cultivate more young people, including women, as active members so they could remain competitive.

“You need multiple parties, you need multiple voices and multiple viewpoints to reach consensus on things and also to gain the public trust,” Schultz said.

“…When you’re talking about politics, you’re supposed to represent all of us in all our varied views and (officials) are supposed to represent the best in all of us.”

She also discussed likely candidates for the 2016 presidential nomination, including Ohio’s Governor John Kasich. She also thinks he may be challenged by Republicans including Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

On the Democratic side, she expects former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will run but named New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland, and potentially Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders as candidates who may run if Clinton does not.

“You’ve got two open fields, this is going to be quite a season,” Schultz said.

She said definitively that Sherrod Brown would not be running for the Democratic nomination, and described how challenging the position of President must be.

“There’s a reason they go gray so quickly, we have no idea,” she said. “Every day, they are told about threats to Americans around the globe. That’s how they start their day.”

Schultz takes questions from the audience.

Schultz takes questions from the audience.

Local resident Marianne Gabel said Schultz’s program was the kind of discussion politicians should have with voters but often don’t.

“I thought she nailed the issues pretty well,” Gabel said, adding that the program went well.

“You’ve got a real breadth of the community out here, all ages, students,” she said. For Gabel, a lawyer, the message about women in politics was particularly important.

“I think women in politics can have more of that compassion, more of that understanding of life experiences of people who aren’t at the top and empowered.”

Ohio Wesleyan student Lauren Rump, a Cleveland native, has followed Schultz’s writing since it appeared in the Plain Dealer and was very excited to see her in person.

“I really like that she was saying that there needs to be women on both sides involved in politics, like Democrat women and Republican women, and independent women and Green Party women,” Rump said. “We’re only more informed if women are involved on all sides and everyone’s opinion is valued.”

Schultz meets with members of the OWU Advancement Office, including Pablo Villa (far right), a former member of Sherrod Brown's campaign.

Schultz meets with members of the OWU Advancement Office, including Pablo Villa (far right), a former member of Sherrod Brown’s campaign.

Ghost Towns in Delaware County

The Forgotten Places of Delaware, Ohio…


Have you seen this Ghost Town?

Have you seen this Ghost Town?

According to author and researcher Rick Helwig, there are approximately 8,000 to 9,000 ghost towns in Ohio.  Helwig, the director of the Center for Ghost Town Research in Ohio, spoke to a large crowd during a program put on by the Delaware County Historical Society at the First Presbyterian Church.

Helwig runs the center from his home [Read more…]

#Breaking Delaware County Sheriff’s Actively Looking For Burglary Suspects In Sunbury

Delaware County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two suspects who fled after crashing a car following a burglary. 

Deputies are searching for the suspects near Plantation Road and Monkey Hollow Road north of Sunbury. 

You may see increased police activity as well as increased air support for the law enforcement units on the ground 

Delaware County Sherriff’s office has a perimeter set up for the area. 

The suspects are described as two white males wearing all black.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office at 740-833-2800 


Call Delaware County Sheriff’s Office if you see any suspicious Activity in the area or anyone matching the description

Source Sunbury Police Department

Delaware City Council Notes: JEDD contract with Berkshire, Roops Brothers Bar Ownership

The first half of city council’s October 27 meeting was swift, as they cleared through most items as fast as possible due to the lack of power. The second half was largely focused on discussion of Ordinance 14-102, which was passed and authorizes City Manager Tom Homan to enter a Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) with Berkshire Township to create a Tanger-Simon outlet mall.

City council carries on business despite the darkness.

City council carries on business despite the darkness.

The vote was largely in favor – with the exception of At-Large Councilman Kent Shafer, who was excused, and Third Ward Councilman Joe DiGenova, who voted against taking action on the second reading without Shafer being present.

Related: “Delaware City Council nears JEDD deal with Berkshire on mall

City Attorney Darren Shulman explains the details of the JEDD contract.

City Attorney Darren Shulman explains the details of the JEDD contract.

The city will receive a four percent administrative fee that the city will receive first from income tax revenue, to offset the cost of administering taxes in the JEDD. There will also be a JEDD board, which will receive one percent. Berkshire Township will get 60 percent of the rest and Delaware city, 40 percent.

The JEDD board will govern the area and will have three members – one appointed by the city, one by the township, and one by both together. When businesses fill the JEDD they will get a fourth member and workers will receive a fifth to represent them.

Assistant City Manager Jackie Walker (right) reads information by lamplight.

Assistant City Manager Jackie Walker (right) reads information by lamplight.

During the discussion among city officials, power was restored to the building and downtown Delaware; no one from the community came forward during the public hearing preceding the vote.

Council members hold the second half of their meeting in the light.

Council members hold the second half of their meeting in the light.

In other areas covered before the JEDD discussion, the city council was introduced to five new city employees who’ve recently begun working with the Economic Development and Public Works departments. The council also approved the transfer of the Roop Brothers Bar’s liquor license from an LLC owned by Al Roop to one owned by Joshua Moore and Mika Sparks.

“I’d like to thank you for everything you’ve considered for me and my brother at Roops,” Al told the council.

“…I think the city and myself needed some new guys (who are) 20 years younger to carry on the legacy of Roops in an up-to-date form and these are the guys. I thank you all.”

Update: Delay In Restoring 6000 Delaware County Ohio Residents Power


Power Outage Darkens Most Of Delaware County

Monday October 27, 2014 9pm Delaware, Ohio – It was a down feed from First Energy to a Delaware, Ohio sub-station that accounted for a power power outage for the Ciy of Delaware and portions of Southwest Delaware County.

Jeff Renni, spokesperson for AEP, stated power went out around 6:33 pm for over 18,000 customers. As of 9:00 pm 6000 area residents are without power with no ETA on complete restoration. Power crews will continue to work untill all power is restored.

Through a series of Tweets, the Delaware County Emergency Management Agency (DelCoEMA) stated they are monitoring the situation for the County.

As a reminder to Twitter users all non-funtioning traffic lights should be treated as a four-way stop.

Additionally the DelCoEMA encourages anyone who is experiencing a life threatening emergency or property damage due to the power outage to call 911 immediately. continues to monitor the situation and will update this page accordingly.  Refresh this page to check for new information.

Update Monday October 27, 2014 9:30 pm

Tweet from AEP Ohio regarding Delaware Outage: Restoration delayed due to complications. Crews checking equipment before they can safely re-energize. More info to come.

Update Monday October 27, 2014 10:16 pm. AEP Ohio shows about 4200 people are still without power.

Update Tuesday October 28, 2014 5:00 am AEP Ohio website shows 2227 Delaware County residents without power. No ETA for restoration.