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I-71 crash kills Pennsylvania man

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Staff reports A Pennsylvania man was dead at the scene of a three-vehicle crash that occurred at about 5:52 p.m. on Friday, July 11, on I-71 in Delaware County, the Delaware Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.Killed was Zakaria M. Tefft, 31, Pittsburgh, who was driving a 2013 Toyota Prius, the patrol said.

 

Vet’s dream hospital re-opens

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comThe recently-opened Olentangy Animal Hospital features some unusual features for a veterinary clinic.Go past the exam rooms and you find a large nurse’s station, clear-glass holding areas, separate dental and surgical rooms, with oxygen ports in every room.“This was built by Claudia Kalish in 2007 with so much in mind,” said practice manager and veterinarian te...

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Razzamatazz brings jazz to Harmony series

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comRazzamatazz & Jazz brings all that jazz to Sunday’s Harmony in the Park concert.“We play classic jazz,” keyboard player Paul Fertig told The Gazette. The group plays what historians call Dixieland music, but Fertig prefers not to use that term. On its website, the group calls jazz “the happiest music in the world.”Fertig said their hour-lon...

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Ruhl hopes to help fair raise funds

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comPlans to save the Delaware County Fair and the famed Little Brown Jug are moving forward.Faced with crumbling infrastructure and little money for necessary repairs and upgrades, members of the Delaware County Agricultural Society say both the fair and the harness race could be in danger if the fairgrounds does not receive a serious facelift.“This is crunch time for t...

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It’s canning season

Area gardens have been growing well, and all kinds of produce are becoming ripe. It’s time to get out the canners and preserve some of those vegetables and fruits for yummy eating next winter.Produce (and meat) that are not canned using current research-based canning methods can pose serious health risks. That means using the right canner for each type of produce.Pressure canning is the only safe method for home canning vegetables. Vegetables are low-acid foods and...

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Ohio still needs water conservation

The ongoing drought in the western states is real and has many western city dwellers, as well as ranchers, on alert. We shouldn’t be surprised about water shortages – it is a desert region after all. Add the huge increases in population growth over the past several decades and it is no wonder there is a water shortage. Meanwhile, the Midwest region of the US can have an abundance of water, especially in springs like this year. So why should we be concerned about water conservation...

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Library to feature community picks

You have probably noticed the displays filled with “Staff Picks” at the Delaware County District Library. Staff members regularly add their favorite books to these displays and Library customers have made them very popular — so popular, in fact, that it gave us an idea. How about letting customers tell us what their favorite books are?

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Finally, fields start to dry

The fields around Delaware County are finally drying out and most of the wheat has been harvested. Farmers have been bailing straw and hay while taking advantage of this great weather. Hopefully this dry weather will also help the corn and soybean crops.

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Sunbury OKs first annexation of Berkshire Twp.

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comThe Village of Sunbury got a little larger Wednesday.The Sunbury Village Council unanimously voted to approve the annexation of 128 acres of Berkshire Township land to pave the way for a major development.It is the first of what is expected to be several annexations to make way for the proposed NorthGate Centre Development. Plans call for the development to include an outlet mall, athletic facilities and h...

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Stillwagon sues city over arrest

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comFormer Ohio State University football star Jim Stillwagon on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the City of Delaware and several police officers.Stillwagon was arrested in 2012 and charged with four counts of felonious assault with a firearm after what police described as a “road rage” incident. The charges were thrown out by Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Duncan Whitney after four days of trial....

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Delaware teens organize ‘Lock-out’

By Stacy Kessskess@live.comA group of teens plans to get locked out of the Mingo Rec Center Tuesday night, and they’re inviting Delaware kids to join them.The YMCA Teen Leaders Club, a group of teens dedicated to volunteering and community, have organized an all-night event similar to a lock-in at the Jack Florence Pool. The Lock-out begins at 7:30 p.m. and will include a campfire, movies, other activities, and, or cours...

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Bartz appointed to Olentangy school board

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comThe Olentangy Local Schools Board of Education appointed Roger Bartz as its newest member on July 9.“His extensive business and consulting background will be a great asset,” board president Kevin O’Brien said of Bartz after the meeting.

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Dragon mosaic graces Orange Library

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comThe gardens adjacent to the Orange Branch of the Delaware County District Library are being guarded by a colorful winged dragon.“We’re excited to have this done,” library spokeswoman Shea Alltmont told The Gazette. “It enhances the experience of being at the library. Some people want to read a book out there.”

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Scoonie Penn to host youth basketball camp at Orange

Scoonie Penn, former Ohio State standout and Buckeye Hall of Fame point guard, will host his Future Stars Youth Basketball Camp Monday through Wednesday at Olentangy Orange High School.Cost of the camp, which is designed to promote healthy activity along with instruction, leadership, work ethic and an introduction of basketball knowledge to athletes entering grades 1-6, is $50 per day or $125 for the week....

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Take credit for your own sin

When was the last time you did something wrong? If an answer dosen’t immediately pop up in your mind, think about it for a minute then continue reading.One trend I’ve seen growing recently is how people don’t take credit for their own sin. There is always some sort of excuse; usually some circumstance or another person, which is the reason a person is thrust into doing what they did. The individual explains that if it had not been for such and such, they would nev...

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Duke vs. THE Duke

Duke vs. THE Duke“While we admire and respect John Wayne’s contributions to American culture, we are also committed to protecting the integrity of Duke University’s trademarks.”Michael SchoenfeldDuke University spokesman“Don’t pick...

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Perkins to hold annual solar events in July

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comPerkins Observatory, the place for space, will host its annual Celebration of the Sun events at 4 p.m. on July 12, 19 and 26.“Tickets are available for all of those,” Ohio Wesleyan University spokesman Cole Hatcher told The Gazette. Perkins is used by OWU students and faculty.Although the observatory may be best-known for its Friday evening programs, it stop...

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Summer Concert on the Square series continues

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comThe Vineyard Church of Delaware County’s Summer Concert on the Square series continues this week on the Sunbury Public Square.Columbus-based jazz band, Grapes of Jazz, will perform at 6:30 p.m. on July 13 in the latest rendition.“We wanted just to give something without expecting anything in return,” said Pastor Danny Meyer of the decision to begin the co...

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