Semi Accident Snarls Traffic at U.S. 23 & U.S. 42.

U.S. 23 Backedup Due To Semi Accident

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Two semi’s collided this morning on U.S. 23 North at U.S. 42 spilling hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel in Delaware, Ohio. Tow trucks are on scene to remove the semi’s.

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Viable routes is S Sandusky to U.S. 23 South, Stratford Road to U.S. 23, or Braumilller Road to Cheshire Road to U.S. 23.

Any way you go, expect delays.

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Delaware County Schools on Delay, Friday January 9, 2015

Updated Friday January 9, 2015 6:34 am.

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Schools on 1 Hour Delay

Delaware Area Career Center
Delaware Christian School

Schools on 2 hour delay

Big Walnut Schools
Buckeye Valley Schools
Delaware City Schools
Olentangy Schools

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Delaware County Ohio School Closings and Delays Thursday January 8, 2015.

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Complete listing of Delaware County Ohio School Vlosings

Updated Wednesday January 7, 2015 9:48 pm.

Closed Schools

Big Walnut Schools
Buckeye Valley Schools
Delaware Christian School
Delaware City Schools
Delaware Area Career Center
Olentangy Schools
Village Academy
Westerville City Schools

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300 Volunteers Needed To Tap Maple Trees For Largest Maple Syurp Festival In Ohio

Volunteers needed to tap Maple Trees!
 


 
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Each year, in the stillness of winter, maple trees stand at the ready… waiting… preparing for that day when they give the very sap needed for true maple syrup.  And this year, the time has come once again.

Who: EVERYONE! It does not matter if you Scout or not! Bring your family, friends, Pack, Troop, Crew, Ship, Girl Scout Troop, 4H Club, Church, and / or Service Club!
What: Maple Tree Sap Tap
When: January 31st, at 9am
Where: Camp Lazaurs, U.S. 23 Delaware, Ohio.

Saturday January 31, 2015 10 am Camp Lazarus begins the Annual Tapping of the Trees. With only volunteer help, nearly 1,000 spiles, buckets, and lids need hung throughout the 300 acre camp. Everyone is welcome to come learn and help tap the trees. Hot coffee and chocolate is always available.

Registration can be done on the Maple Syurp Sap Tap Facebook event page by clicking https://www.facebook.com/events/781839555220060/.

If you unable to register on Facebook, or have any questions, please feel free to call the Camp Ranger at (740) 548-5502.

 


 

List of Delaware County School Closings – January 6, 2015

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Updated Tuesday January 6, 2015 6:23 am.

Delaware County Snow Level Emergency: 1

Closed Schools

Big Walnut Schools
Buckeye Valley Schools
Delaware Christian School
Delaware City Schools
Delaware Area Career Center
Olentangy Schools
Village Academy
Westerville City Schools

Delays

Franklin University will delay opening its Central Ohio locations to 10 a.m.

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COLUMBUS ZOO MOURNS LOSS OF POLAR BEAR CUBS


 

Births were the first at Polar Frontier
 
Powell, OH – Polar bear cubs were born Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium but they did not survive.
 
Animal care staff observed the births while monitoring the mother’s activity from a camera mounted in the den. The first birth, recorded at 5 a.m., appeared to be stillborn. The second cub was born about two hours later and the mother, Aurora, appeared to begin caring for it.
 
The Zoo team could hear the cub vocalizing and observed Aurora, an inexperienced mother, holding the cub in a proper nursing position. Despite Aurora’s apparent care for the cub, the cub’s vocalizations stopped by the afternoon and the animal care team was unable to see it.
 
The Columbus Zoo animal team, in conjunction with recommendations from other polar bear breeding facilities, made the decision not to intervene. Polar bear cubs are difficult to hand rear and disrupting Aurora’s maternal care was not advised.
 
Polar bears have one of the lowest reproductive rates of any mammal. The survival rate for a polar bear cub during the first few weeks of life is only about 50 percent.
 
“While we would certainly wish for a better outcome the birth of these cubs is a major step in our polar bear breeding program,” said Curator Carrie Pratt. “We will likely never know why the cubs did not survive but we do know Aurora is able to reproduce and she has gained experience. She’s still a young bear and has many reproductive years ahead of her.”
 
Female polar bear twins Aurora and Anana arrived at the Columbus Zoo in 2010 when the Polar Frontier region opened. The twins are now seven years old and both have mated with the 27-year-old male polar bear, Nanuq, who arrived in 2012. All three polar bears came from other zoos on breeding loans as part of the Species Survival Plan for the threatened species.
 
It is unknown if Anana is pregnant, however her desire to den and elevated progesterone levels indicate it is a good possibility.
 
Female polar bears generally have their first set of cubs between the ages of four and eight years. Due to delayed implantation, the gestation period can range from about 195 to 265 days. Pregnant polar bears den in the fall and give birth, generally to two cubs, in the winter. The cubs typically weigh about one pound at birth, growing quickly on their mother’s fat-rich milk before emerging from the den in the spring.

 


 
 
Polar bears are native to the circumpolar north including the United States (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Norway and Denmark (Greenland). They are at the top of the Arctic food chain and primarily eat seals. Polar bear populations are declining due to the disappearance of sea ice, and experts estimate that only 20,000-25,000 polar bears are left in the wild. Some scientists believe if the warming trend continues two-thirds of the polar bear population could disappear by the year 2050.
 
“Polar bears need our help,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President and CEO Tom Stalf. “We are committed to doing everything we can at the Zoo, as well as supporting conservation initiatives for wild populations, to save these magnificent sea bears.”
 
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has been designated an Arctic Ambassador Center by Polar Bears International.


 

Delaware Police Searching For Suspects In Speedway Robery


 

Delaware, Ohio- Police are investigating an overnight robbery that occurred at the Speedway on West Central Avenue.

Two male suspects entered the store around 1:18 am and demanded money from a store employee. One suspect threatened the employee with violence and implied he was armed with a firearm.

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Suspect 1, Photo courtesy of Delaware City Police.

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Suspect 2. Photo courtesy of City of Delaware

The second suspect removed from behind the counter a money bag containing receipts. Both fled the store on foot and may have left the area in a small hatchback style vehicle.

Both were described as being between 5 feet 5 inches to over 6 feet tall, and wearing baggie jeans with hooded sweatshirts.

Persons with any information are encouraged to call Delaware Police at 740-203-1111.
 
Source: City of Delaware

 

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Smoke-Testing Program Continues on East Side

 

 

image DELAWARE – City of Delaware crews will be smoke-testing the sanitary sewer lines and sewer lateral lines in the following East side areas, between 7:30 am-4:30 pm:
Neighborhoods between  East Central Avenue and East William Street
Neighborhoods south of East William Street.
         
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 hears concern for homeless in meeting

 

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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.