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Orange Branch Library to Host Book Release Party

In celebration of Mindy McGinnis’ new book 3 other authors come together for YA mega-night


Delaware, OH — Mindy McGinnis is celebrating the release of her third book,A Madness So Discreet, with a release party at the Delaware County District Library’s (DCDL) Orange Branch.

The Tuesday, October 6 visit is sponsored by Fundamentals Parent-Teacher Store. McGinnis will speak at 7 p.m. Joining her is Jennifer McGowan, author of Maid of Wonder, Demitria Lunetta, author of In the After, and Geoffrey Girard, author of Project Cain.All of these authors are also featured in the new YA horror anthology, Among the Shadows.

“A Madness So Discreet, Mindy’s new gothic thriller, offers something new and, might I say, awesome, to fans of her dystopian duology, Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust,” said Teen Librarian Becky Woodruff. “Our teens love creepy reads, so Madness and the new anthology Among the Shadows: 13 Stories of Darkness and Light are sure to be popular this fall.”

A Madness So Discreet tells the tale of a girl who is sent to an asylum in Victorian times. Once a visiting doctor recognizes her potential beneath her anger they work side by side on crime scenes to uncover more about criminal psychology.

All of the featured titles are recommended for young adult reading levels. Copies of the books may be purchased the night of the event or in advance through Fundamentals by calling 740-363-0290.

Source: Delaware District Library



Parking Lot, Bike Path Seal Coating Scheduled

City of Delaware to Refresh Looks of Bike Path and Parking Lots.

DELAWARE – Black Dawg Seal Coating will be seal coating city parking lots and bike paths in September.

Work on the Winter Street and William Street parking lots will take September 28-October 1, weather permitting, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Winter St. parking lot will be completely closed to traffic during the sealing coating process. The William St. parking lot will be sealed in sections with the eastern half being completed first. Access to the western half will be available utilizing the entrance off Union Street. During work on the western half, access to the eastern section will be available by entering off William St. and exiting using Union St. When the Union St access way is being seal coated, access to the parking lot will be restricted. Public questions may be directed to the Customer Service Request Line at 740-203-1810.

Bike path seal coating bike will take place September 22-25, weather permitting, 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Crews will seal the trail running between Noble St. and Henry St; and the trail running along Henry St, from Wilmer St to William St

Public questions may be directed to the Customer Service Request Line at 740-203-1810.

Source: City of Delaware


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.

Legal Notice – Public Hearing for Orange Township October 20, 2014



Notice is hereby given that the Orange Township Board of Township Trustees will hold a public hearing at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 20, 2014 to consider the following:

Application #14-0142, Judith D. Hook, Trustee, requesting an amendment to the Zoning Resolution and Zoning Map, specifically the rezoning of + – ten (10) acres from Farm Residential District (FR-1) to a Planned Commercial and Office District (PC) for office, institutional, medical, health related and a variety of other activities within the existing residential structure and a proposed greenhouse and meditation garden to be known as the 123 Hyatts Road Development. The property is owned by Judith D. Hook, Trustee and is located at 123 Hyatts Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015 and is on the south side Hyatts Road approximately one-eighth (1/8) mile west of Columbus Pike (U.S. 23) and in Range 18, Township 3, Section 2, Farm Lot 11 with Permanent Parcel Number 31822002002000. Recommended for approval by the Orange Township Zoning Commission on September 9, 2014.

The application and development plans are available for examination for a period of at least 10 days prior to the hearing at the Orange Township Zoning Office, 1680 East Orange Road, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035. Zoning Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except legal holidays.

The person responsible for publication of this notice is Debbie Taranto, chairman, Board of Trustees, Orange Township, Delaware County, Ohio.

Debbie Taranto, Chairman
Thomas G. Farahay, Orange Township Zoning Department


Galena Completes Ohio to Erie Trail Design and Other Village Notes

galenaOhio Erie Trail Bidding To Begin Soon.

Ohio Erie Trail

At the Village of Galena’s September Council meeting, Council members learned that survey and preliminary design work is complete for its Ohio to Erie Trail project.  An access ramp will be built from Dustin Rd., the trail will be paved from Dustin Rd. to Holmes St., and the bridge deck over Little Walnut Creek will be replaced.  Final engineering work to create construction and bidding documents will begin soon.  Construction on the project will commence in the spring.  The project is funded by a $214,944 Clean Ohio Trail grant administered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as well as local funds from Preservation Parks of Delaware County, Delaware County Friends of the Trail (DCFT), and the Village.  Delaware County is contributing in-kind services to manage the project and DCFT is donating in-kind services and materials.

Preservation Parks

The Village hosted Preservation Parks of Delaware County’s new Executive Director Tom Curtin for a Galena parks and trails tour.  The Village is working on purchasing parks and trails signs with their current Community Parks Improvement Grant from Preservation Parks.

Galena Property Tax Levey

Galena has a property tax levy on the November ballot.  The ballot language reads:  “A replacement of a tax for the benefit of the Village of Galena for the purpose of current operating expenses at a rate not exceeding 2 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.20 for each one dollars of valuation, for 4 years, commencing in 2014, first due in calendar year 2015.”  The levy replaces a two-mill levy that expired in December 2013 and is collected through December 2014.  The Village has relied on the levy for decades and it would generate approximately $38,000 for Village operating expenses.  The property tax levy funds are often used for local matching funds in grant applications that bring large amounts of additional funds to the Village.  Galena residents vote at the Galena United Methodist Church, 2777 Sunbury Rd., 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on November 4.

Galena Trick-or-Treat

Galena’s Beggar’s Night will be 6-7:15 p.m., Thursday, October 30.  Journey Fellowship Church, 70 N. Walnut St., will distribute candy and host games during Beggar’s Night as well.  The Village’s annual Costume Contest will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Galena Village Hall, 109 Harrison St.  Costume categories include 0-4 years old, 5-7, 8-10, 11 and up, and groups.  Cider and donuts will be served.

Slow Down

The Sheriff’s Office is working on methods to deter speeding in the Village including working with the high school resource officer, patrolling, and using their speed detector to raise awareness.

Greater Galena Civic Association Meeting

The Greater Galena Civic Association (GGCA) invites anyone interested to a meeting at 7 p.m., October 14, at the Galena Village Hall to discuss the GGCA’s future direction.  Village Council approved the GGCA’s request to post banners around the square to promote local events.

 Sewer Bills

Overdue sewer bills were certified to the Delaware County Auditor to have tax liens placed on several properties.  The Village granted 30-day extensions to two property owners in order to bring their properties into compliance with the property maintenance requirements.  One property was brought into compliance and another property will be forwarded for legal action.  The October Zoning and Planning Commission meeting has been moved to Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.

Source Village of Galena

League of Women Voters Sponsors Candidate Forum

 Delaware Candidates To Speak At Election Forum

League of Women Voters of Delaware County will host a candidate forum for the 2014 November elections.

Candidates’ Forum
October 6 at 7:00 p.m. with doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Delaware Area Career Center
1610 St.Rt.521, Delaware, Ohio

Candidates may arrive at 6:30 p.m. and talk informally with attendees with the program to begin at 7:00p.m.

At this time candidates for County Commission, Auditor, Judge of Common Pleas General Division, Judge of Court of Common Pleas Probate Juvenile Division, Representative to Congress 12th District, and Judge of Court of Appeals 5th District will attend.

Candidates will present a brief biography, answer audience questions, and provide an ending summary.

Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Delaware County, AAUW, and Farm Bureau

‘Imagination Garden’ To be Dedicated With Open House at Orange Library Branch.

Photo Courtesy of Delaware County District Library.

Photo Courtesy of Delaware County District Library.

Artists Dale Johnson, Lynda Elias and Virginia Corwin to attend

Delaware, OH:  — Community members are invited to explore a place where it’s not uncommon for a dragon and Dionysus to dwell in perfect harmony–the Imagination Garden at Delaware County District Library Orange Branch.

An open house will take place on Sunday, September 21 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the garden, which is situated on the north side of the building (7171 Gooding Blvd, Delaware). Two art pieces, a tiled dragon mosaic and a mythological sculpture, will be featured and the artists behind the creations will be present to display their works and answer questions. Attendees will also enjoy light refreshments and a children’s craft.


Photo Courtesy of Delaware County District Library.

Photo Courtesy of Delaware County District Library.

Dale Johnson’s sculpture, Mythology –or– On the Origin of Stories, was installed last summer. The piece mimics a classic book that has been taken over by mythological creatures such as the Cyclops, a sea monster, aliens, leprechauns and Dionysus. The piece started as a 4,830 lb piece of limestone and took seven months to carve.

Artists Lynda Elias and Virginia Corwin added their touch to the garden this summer with the addition of a giant, tiled dragon. The colorful arrangement of mosaic tiles and mirrored pieces glued to several large zig-zagging panels help simulate the movement of a colossal, whimsical, winged creature flying through the garden. Earlier this spring five large, concrete panels were installed, and soon thereafter Elias was drawing the outlines for the dragon. The work of tiling all of the pieces and grouting took about one week to finish in early July with the help of more than four-dozen DCDL patrons and community members.

The establishment of the Imagination Garden was made possible through a generous bequest by local community member Pauline Way. Bequests from Mary Reed and Barbara Murray also helped make the Imagination Garden possible. Their memory is honored on two of seven benches located within the garden. The remaining five benches and other markers are available for community members to recognize, honor, and memorialize their loved ones.

For more information contact Nicole Fowles, Communications Manager, at or (740) 362-3861.


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‘Take a book, Return a book’ library concept introduced in Alum Creek and Delaware state parks

Photo Courtesy of Delaware County District Library.

Photo Courtesy of Delaware County District Library.


Delaware, OH:  — Campers and visitors to the Alum Creek and Delaware state parks now have an opportunity to conveniently pick up a book before they continue on to their camp sites or the water thanks to the addition of a Little Free Library™ (LFL) at each park’s camp store and marina. [Read more…]