McDonald’s Changing Operators

Three Delaware McDonalds will have new operators come March 1.

The Holowicki family purchased the properties from R&D … for an undisclosed amount. All three locations – South Sandusky Street, US 23 North, and on West Central Avenue – have undergone extensive renovation in the past year. Even to the point that the US 23 North location was torn down and completely rebuilt.

This is not the Holowickis first foray into the McDonalds market owning 20+ franchises from Easton to Dublin. An employee at the South Sandusky Street store was complimented the Holowicki family on how they run the business having worked for them in the past.

Hot Chicken Takeover Taking Over OWU

DeLoss Speaking on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Joe DeLoss, founder, owner, and head fryer of Columbus-based Hot Chicken Takeover, will discuss his company’s efforts to provide supportive jobs for people working to overcome past incarceration, homelessness, and other barriers to successful employment, during a moderated chat Thursday, February 21, at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.

Joe DeLoss Hot Chicken Take OVer
Joe DeLoss,owner of Columbus-based Hot Chicken Takeover, will speak on Feb. 21 at Ohio Wesleyan. [submitted]

DeLoss will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Benes Room B of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. His presentation will be a fireside-style chat moderated by 2006 Ohio Wesleyan alumnus Dan Sharpe, vice president for community research and grants management for The Columbus Foundation.

This free, public event represents OWU’s 2019 Heisler Business Ethics Lecture organized by The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship.

In explaining the company’s business model, Hot Chicken Takeover states: “HTC employees are wildly ambitious and have set their sights on what’s next. Once hired, we support their financial stability, personal growth, and professional development with an array of benefits.”

Examples of company benefits include:

  • 2:1 Matched Milestone program – supporting the efforts of employees to afford housing, education, transportation, and more.
  • Cash advances – providing access to emergency cash assistance and no-interest loans to manage crises.
  • Counseling – retaining licensed counselors to provide recovery support and short-term counseling.
  • Professional development – certifying employees in food safety through the Food Protection Program of Columbus Public Health.
  • Competitive wages and tips – paying most employees salaries of $11+ per hour.

The Benes Rooms are located in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center and is located at 40 Rowland Avenue in Delaware, Ohio.

OWU Community Day & Expo Coming Soon!

Join C.G. Boyce Real Estate to celebrate the OWU, Delaware Communities

The Bishop Backers invite you to save the date for Winter Community Day 2019, a countywide celebration of Delaware that includes free admission to an Ohio Wesleyan University men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader and a Delaware Expo that showcases local nonprofit organizations and businesses.

Winter Community Day 2019 will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, at Ohio Wesleyan’s Branch Rickey Arena and Gordon Field House, 105 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.

OWU Winter Community Day
Bishop Backers Winter Community Day 2019 will be held Feb. 16, 2019, at Ohio Wesleyan University. The free event will feature an OWU basketball doubleheader and a Delaware Expo with a YMCA children’s play area and a visit from Columbus Zoo animals. Last year’s expo included a visit from penguin. (Photo by Cole Hatcher)

Those wishing to have a table at the Delaware Expo are asked to register online now at Registration is free for nonprofit organizations. For-profit businesses are asked to contribute a minimum $10 gift card to be used for event raffles. The registration deadline is Feb. 4.

During the annual Bishop Backers event, both the OWU men’s and women’s basketball teams will take on the Big Red from Denison University, with the women’s game tipping off at 1 p.m. and the men’s game following at 3 p.m. Admission to the doubleheader is free with a canned food or monetary donation that will benefit the Delaware County Hunger Alliance, a United Way of Delaware County initiative.

The Delaware Expo will be open from noon to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and will include giveaways for the first 100 people through the door. It also will feature an indoor children’s play area courtesy of the Delaware Community Center YMCA, a visit from Columbus Zoo animals at 2:15 p.m., a chance to meet OWU athletes, and free raffles for prizes including a big-screen television.

Community Day is intended to bring people together for a free afternoon of entertainment and education, building on the strong sense of cooperation and collaboration that makes Delaware such a great community. The expo also will help businesses and nonprofit organizations to connect with potential customers and volunteers, including Ohio Wesleyan students and alumni.

The Bishop Backers is an organization of community advocates interested in sharing information about OWU athletics and other events at Ohio Wesleyan and in connecting potential student-volunteers, interns, and employees with local organizations.

Napier Named 2018 Caretaker of the Year!

Caretaker at Radnor-based Chris Beaver Stable

Sheila Napier, caretaker at the Radnor-based Chris Beaver Stable, has been named the coveted 2018 Caretaker of the Year Award, sponsored by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in conjunction with the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA).

Shelia Napier, with the 2011 Little Brown Jug winner Big Bad John, has been named the Ohio Caretaker of the Year. Napier works at Radnor’s Chris Beaver Stables. (photo via Shelia Napier)

USHWA will honor Napier and other champions at its annual Dan Patch Awards banquet, Sunday, February 24, in Orlando, Fla. Napier will receive $500, a trophy, and an all-expense paid trip. The banquet honors the best and brightest performers, both human and equine. 

All North America caretakers are eligible for the award, with nomination letters detailing the skills and special qualities of the nominee. A seven-member USHWA panel, comprised of former caretakers, selects winners.

Beaver, who nominated Napier for the award says, “Sheila takes unrivaled pride in the condition of her horses.  I can rest at ease when she has a horse racing.  I know it will get on the road on time and will be wearing the right equipment, even if I can’t make it.  She truly loves horses and takes incredible pride in their accomplishments. My life would be a lot easier if more grooms brought the passion into their work that Sheila has.”

Napier, 37, has worked for Beaver for three years and usually cares for about eight horses. She was featured in a September article “Harness: A Caretakers Job is Never Done” in DRF. In 2018, her horses included the $500,000-winning three-year-old filly trotter, Custom Cantab.

“Oh, that filly,” says Napier, whose travels always include her 11-year-old daughter Jess. “Custom Cantab is one of those special little fillies that wants to finish in the top three her whole life.  She’s quite sassy, amazing and full of heart. I absolutely love that filly; she is very special.”

Napier also had four horses on the Ohio Sires Stakes championship card at Scioto Downs, including three in the Two-Year-Old Filly Trot.

“I’ve always read about the award; and this is really great,” says Napier, a native of Cincinnati. (Her first job working with horses came while in high school in 1995 at the Delaware Equine Lab. “I’ve been doing this for a long time and something I looked forward to as far as possibly getting, but maybe in Ohio and not this big.”

Napier to Appear on Post Time With Mike & Mike

Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the harness racing line-up for Thursday at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Sheila Napier, the 2018 USHWA Caretaker of the Year; California Harness Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Robin Burns; USTA Handicapper, Bob Pandolfo; and Peter Kleinhans. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website  or on the archive at

Fire & Ice Highlights Delaware’s First Friday

Join Main Street Delaware downtown Friday, January 4, for a Fire and Ice First Friday from 6-8 p.m.

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Warm yourself by the fire as you enjoy the art of ice sculpting. Fire barrels and an ice sculptor will be downtown for your enjoyment for the 6 – 8 p.m. event.

In addition, participating businesses will be offering free make-and-take crafts, samples, and more.

The evening is sponsored by Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Delaware and SERVPRO of Delaware.

Learn more about these and other downtown events and volunteer opportunities online or Facebook page.