Blast From the Past Raises Funds for Ohio Health Hospice’s Future (Slideshow)

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Attendees were treated to a day of downtown Delaware fun as 675 classic vehicles of all makes and models lined the streets. In its 21st year, and 14th in the City of Delaware, the Vintage Auto Club’s “Blast From the Past” auto show continues to fundraise for Ohio Health Hospice while providing a day of family fun.

A daylong event, organizer Jim Clements estimates over $15,000 will be presented to Ohio Health Hospice in addition to the lifetime $209,000 already donated. Vintage Auto Club and its partners presented over 125 awards to participating cars, trucks and motorcycles.

A widely popular event, organizers struggle to count the number of attendees. “The number of attendees is something we are often asked but we have no idea of the count,” said Clements.
Another factor that is hard for Vintage Auto Club to put a number to is the amount of caring individuals and organizations that helped to make the event possible.

“The Vintage Auto Club members receive a lot of compliments on the Blast From The Past car show and a lot of that praise needs to be extended to all of our sponsors, the City, many volunteers, downtown businesses and the public for all the hospitality that is shown to the cruisers when they come into downtown Delaware. A big thank you to all,” said Clements.

Photo Credit Kelesy Sommers.

It’s Fun to Play at Our YMCA

Friends, in my never-ending quest for self improvement, I have (once again) started to tackle those pesky 50 lbs that appeared out of the clear blue sky following my graduation from college 2011. The Delaware Community Center YMCA is going to help me do it.

Shortly after becoming a member, I was given the opportunity to sit down with trainer Brian McNeal to discuss ways I could get involved in the Y community and meet my fitness goals. The facility offers a wide range of group classes ranging from yoga to cardio kickboxing.

When you join the Y, a trained instructor will help you to identify who, what, where, why and how of getting you health where it needs to be. Brian did a wonderful job of working out what my heart rate zone should be, how to track it, what days should be cardio group classes and what days should be machine work out days and when in the world I’m going to be able to fit it into my schedule.

If you’ve had an opportunity to get over to the Y, I don’t have to tell you how beautiful the facility is. For a design nerd like me, the architecture is incredible AND functional. Watching the sun set out of that gorgeous window wall certainly quells those complaints that start to bubble up when I break a sweat.

I highly recommend taking a trip over to our community YMCA and getting the tour with one of their wonderful staff. The environment is low pressure and welcoming. I couldn’t be more excited to start my path to better physical fitness here!

A First Time Experience at the “Little Brown Jug.”

Jug Day! New, out-of-town patrons in the local coffee shop, cars lined up at the Delaware County Fair gate and not a car to be found in the local governments’ parking lots!

The scene for my first Little Brown Jug, like my life often resembles, had a sit-com feel to it. I woke up with a cold, had my parents decide they were coming for a last minute visit and came quite the opposite of prepared for what was in store. Having Fred and Judy Sommers make their way down from Fowler, OH was a treat. Old farm kids and 4-H alumni themselves, we had a great time visiting projects from all of the great clubs, all the while hearing the trumpets blare every time a race began. Now here is where my lack of Jug Day understanding comes in. $30 dollars to get inside the stadium? It was a unanimous “no”. I then noticed where the crowd (my favorite place to be!) was located. Locals and visitors alike joined around the edge of the fence to watch the races and place their bets.

Bets. Another item I had forgotten. A large part of the fun of the Jug is the gambling that takes place. One of the few (very) activities I don’t partake in, my father and I came up with our own gambling system, an imaginary one! We even started to pull in some new friends to participate with us!

It was so wonderful to be a part of one of Delaware’s oldest traditions and soak some of that up. Did anything exciting happen for you at your first Little Brown Jug? Share your stories in the comments below!

DelawareO Writing Team Keeps Growing!

Writer’s Writers Everywhere!

Over the last few weeks we have been screening and interviewing many potential candidates to join the DelawareO writing team. We are pleased to introduce you to our newest talent to the team. In no particular order:

 Arden Palmquist

ArdenArden was born in Tuscan, Arizona but raised in Delaware, Ohio. As a junior at Delaware Hayes High School she is a staff writer for the school newspaper, The Talisman. In the spring Arden devotes her time to not only writing but also lacrosse. This upcoming season she will be the team captain. She spends her free time reading, writing, and being with friends. Arden describes herself as being a “media junkie,” since she is online “all the time.”

Hannah Kern

HannahHannah is a sophomore at Delaware Hayes High School and has lived in Delaware for 12 years. Aside from writing, Hannah participates in cross country, girl’s lacrosse, and track and field. She’s also musically enhanced; taking private piano lessons once a week and being involved in the Hayes Orchestra as a violinist. Hannah is the daughter of Beth and Shannon Kern and the older sister of Rachel and Seth Kern. She also has two dogs – Charlie and Cody. In the future, Hannah would like to pursue a career in forensic sciences and psychology and eventually work her way up to the BAU or FBI. She would also like to have blogging or journalism as a secondary career.

Kelsey Sommers

KelseyKelsey is a self-described news-junkie, foodie, nerd, inherently social creature and excited young professional. As Multimedia Specialist for the Delaware General Health District and new Delaware resident, she hopes to become a highly involved member in her new community. Kelsey started writing before she was technically able to, beginning with a summer publication called the Family Daily (readership of 4) at age 7. She is excited to continue this long-time love affair with writing within the DelawareO community. Follow her as she explores your longtime favorite county and her new home.

Sue Lamphere

LampherephotoDelOSue grew up in Delaware in the 1970s, when riding your bike without a helmet from one end of town to the other was no big deal. Forty years later she’s come full circle, from the “can’t wait to get out Dodge” days of her youth, to the “can’t wait to move back home” feelings that brought her back to Delaware from Indianapolis in 2007. She works locally, but enjoys leaving the desk behind and exploring back roads, parks, and random destinations. When not spending time with friends and family, she enjoys reading, volunteering, walking, and dabbling in creative endeavors.

Owen Conlan

OwnOwen has called Delaware Ohio home since 2008. Owen grew up outside of Cleveland Ohio and later moved to Buffalo New York for college where he received his first degree in History. He has always been an fan of storytelling, and has written short stories and novels since he was a child. Owen is also a huge Cleveland Sports fan (by birth), and a Buffalo Sports fan (yes, by choice). He is a proud father to a lovely 4 year old girl, and five energetic cats. Other interests include Golfing, Cycling, and Home brewing.

Roy Mayberry

Roy-Mayberry-Photo-2Roy was born in Columbus Ohio on the year of Pretty Hate Machine, 1989. While growing, and becoming more capable in his emotional to visual expression, Roy took on the art of drawing. This fervor for drawing developed into an affection for music, writing, photography and even a liking to the dismemberment of audibly animate, self conscious, machinery. In the year of 2011, Roy was featured in the Hamilton Music Awards in Canada; Noted for his illustrative artwork and electronic musical instrument designs.

Jon Yerian

JonYJon, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), is a partner with John Gerlach & Company CPAs, a certified public accounting firm with offices in Columbus and Delaware. With over 16 years’ experience in public accounting, with a primary focus in taxation and accounting matters relating to individuals, small businesses and non-profit organizations, Jon welcomes all questions and comments for discussion. Outside of the world of taxation, Jon enjoys the wonderful world of life in Delaware, with his wife and 3 young children, from which many more exciting questions and comments abound.