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Smashburger opens next week, employs 32

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As you walk into the new Smashburger at Owenfield Drive and Windbrush Avenue, along U.S. 23 at Lewis Center, a sign immediately explains the restaurant’s name.The sign says the burger starts out as a “never-frozen ball of one hundred percent certified Angus beef.”Owner/operator Drew Hansen described what happens next.“We cook our meat in a smashing process,” Hansen said. “We put a raw burger patty down on a buttered 400-degree grill and smash it for 10 seconds with a special plate, which forms it into a burger and sears it into the grill. Then we put our special seasoning on there, and when it’s done, all the juiciness and flavor is sealed into it.”


Petty’s no-hitter sends BW over New Albany

Big Walnut’s Kate Petty was the story of Wednesday’s 1-0 OCC-Capital Division win over visiting New Albany, striking out 11 without allowing a single hit in her seven innings of work.Petty was sharp from start to finish, with her four walks proving to be the only New Albany base runners of the game.The Golden Eagle offense wasn’t much better, but did what it had to do to win. The game’s lone run came in the fourth inning, when Katelynn Cheadle sta...

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Emery, Braves silence Falcons

Olentangy dominated visiting Franklin Heights Wednesday in Lewis Center, scoring a combined nine runs in the first two innings on the way to a lopsided 10-0 OCC-Capital Division win.The Braves (4-4-1) saw eight different players record hits in the win, including Matt Forsythe and Jordan Ustaszewski, who finished with two hits apiece. Other standouts included Christian McFarland, who finished with a hit, two RBIs and a run scored; and Joe McGuinness, who had a hit, an RBI and a run ...

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Zoo’s Heart of Africa opens late May

The animals are ready for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Heart of Africa exhibit, although the grounds are still under construction.Members of the media were recently invited to feed romaine lettuce to giraffes and apples to a black rhino, as Zoo officials talked about the 43-acre section of property designed to recreate Africa.“This gives us the ability to showcase 140 beautiful animals,” said Zoo President and CEO Tom Stalf. Although giraffes had bee...

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BV seeks to improve communication

Getting the word out has been a major problem in the sprawling Buckeye Valley Local School District for years, but officials believe they now have a plan to improve communications.The district plans to create and send out a quarterly newsletter to every household and business in the district.“This board is very committed to increasing the communication you will receive,” said Justine Santschi, the school board member leading the effort.The newslett...

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Hayes keeps rolling, tops Pickerington Central 11-6

The Delaware Hayes boys lacrosse team picked up another impressive win Wednesday, dropping visiting Pickerington Central 11-6.The Pacers were propelled by Judson Huston, who finished with a game-high four goals. Other Hayes scorers included MacGregor Roberts, who had a pair of goals in the win, and Joseph Sanfillipo, Clay Sparks, Collin Ward, Cole Livermore and Justin McKee, who finished with one apiece.Tyler Groth anchored the defense with five saves in the Hayes goal....

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Family Promise fundraiser set for April 29

The draw might be Ohio State football tickets, a “Girls’ Night Out Party” at the Beauty Lab worth $1,000 or any of the other 75 items at the silent auction, but the cause is what is important to the families helped by Family Promise of Delaware and the staff and volunteers that work with them.The silent auction is part of an Italian dinner fundraiser for the Delaware homeless shelter which will also include a 50/50 raffle. St. Mary’s Church, 82 E. William St...

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County’s mumps cases outnumber 11 others

In Ohio’s current mumps outbreak, the number of Delaware County cases is exceeded only by the number in Franklin County.The outbreak began at The Ohio State University, with the first case of mumps identified in January. The majority of cases have continued to show a connection to the OSU outbreak, either in students, staff or family members. It is not uncommon for outbreaks of mumps to occur on university campuses; the viral infection spreads through contact with droplets fr...

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A matter of health

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”— Buddha“Happiness is good health and a bad memory.”— Ingrid BergmanCentral Ohio is in the midst of its biggest mumps outbreak this century and the largest mumps outbreak in the U.S. in five years. As of my writing this on Wednesday evening, more than 230 cases had ...

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Needs a home

Gina is a 1-year-old female Boxer-Pit Bull who came to the Delaware County Dog Shelter as a stray. She is friendly and energetic. She can be adopted for $6, plus a $12 dog license fee. The shelter is at 4781 County Home Road, Delaware, 43015. Contact the Delaware County Dog Shelter at (740) 368-1915 and refer to pet #122.

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Race to celebrate summer, showcase Delaware

Delaware will hold its first half and quarter marathon to welcome summer and to benefit the American Lung Association May 31.“The timing was well because the weather is changing,” said organizer Craig Thompson. “April it’s raining, but May it’s warming up. We wanted to do something in the evening to celebrate fun with friends and family on a warm summer evening.”Thompson, a long-time Delaware resident said the New Moon Half and Quarter...

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BV East slates music program

Buckeye Valley East Elementary students Noah Smith, Lilly Claypool, and Kason Kaelber prepare for the upcoming spring music program. Kindergartners, first-graders, and second-graders will present their program at 2:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17. Kindergartners will sing and each classroom will present a story. First-graders will sing about making music. Second-graders will present a mini-musical called, “Hats.” The program is directed by Cathy Shinaberry.

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BV ends unpopular part of compensation package

The Buckeye Valley Local School District’s Board of Education put an end to an unpopular practice Tuesday.In an unanimous vote, the board approve a measure that eliminates “pick up on the pick up” for administrative employees. Pension pick up is a controversial practice in which the school district pays an employee’s share of state pension contribution.Buckeye Valley is currently paying 14 percent of administrative employees’ retirement cont...

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COA to host Roaring 20s Senior Prom

When seniors get dressed for the prom this May, they’ll be thinking of the Roaring 20s.The seniors attending this prom, however, aren’t graduating high school; they’ll be attending the Senior Prom at the Center for Older Adults – an event now in its 10th year for older adults in Delaware County.“Coming to the prom gives them the opportunity to look pretty – or dashing in the case of the gentlemen – and feel special,” said C...

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BV renovation plan moves forward

The Buckeye Valley Local School District continues to move toward the renovation of its three elementary buildings and the reopening of the shuttered North Elementary.OHM Advisors, the firm hired to give the district a cost estimate on the renovation of the buildings, has conducted its first walk-through of each building, and identified several problems that will need to be fixed.Each of the buildings needs to be made in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Ac...

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COA honors volunteers during annual ceremony

The Council for Older Adults recognized its more than 800 volunteers Thursday during its annual Volunteer Recognition event.More than 250 supports of COA attended the event at which volunteers Tracey Merrin, Doneta Stoner, Sandra Stults and Mary K. Thompson were recognized for 20 years of service to COA. Maxine Patterson, Roger VanSickle, and Shirley VanSickle received recognition for 15 years of service. The Council also recognized 11 volunteers for 10 years of service, and 107 vo...

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Downtown flower pot cleanup scheduled

Main Street Delaware is getting ready for spring with a volunteer effort to clean up the flower pots in downtown.The downtown Delaware organization is asking volunteers to assist in cleaning and preparing the 22 ground level flower pots along Sandusky Street beginning 6 p.m. Thursday.Volunteers are asked to help remove trash, clean out the flower pots and sweep the side walks – and to bring push brooms and other gardening tools to help in the cleaning process. At 1...

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Live performance to mark Record Store Day

Delaware’s record store will join 1,000 independent record stores across the country in celebrating Record Store Day Saturday.Endangered Species … The Last Record Store on Earth, 12 N. Sandusky St., will host a live acoustic performance by Eli Echevarria as John Lennon. Echevarria, who performs with the Beatles tribute band The BackBeats, will perform two sets beginning at 3 p.m., including both Beatles and Lennon-solo songs.“He’ll be in full char...

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