Sunbury Hotel Change Hands

Kautilya Berkshire purchased a hotel at State Route 37 and I-71 for $1.975 million. {image from amerisource hotel web site)

A hotel at I-71 and State Routes 36 and 37 in Berkshire Township has a new owner according to the Delaware County Auditor’s office.

America’s Best Inn & Suites, located at 7323 State Route 37 East in Sunbury, sold for $1,975,000. The property was purchased by
Kautilya Berkshire Hotel LLC. The Kautilya Group operates the Hampton Inn located adjacent to the purchased property behind Bob Evans.

DIY Kid’s Day at Tangier Outlet Mall

TangierKIDS DIY is taking place on Saturday, June 3, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. at the Tangier Outlet Mall in Sunbury, Ohio and rural Delaware County.

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Auntie Anne’s Pretzels will teach children how to make pretzels during this Saturday’s Tangier Outlet Mall’s Kids DIY Day. [logo from company web site]

This event, in coordination with Auntie Anne’s Pretzels will take place in Suite 100 next to Old Navy.

The event will feature the opportunity for children to make their own pretzels in this fun session led by Auntie Anne’s. It will include leading the children through the history of the pretzel, demonstrations on how pretzels are made, and a hands-on pretzel making adventure where each child will get to make their own. Following a tour children will receive a twisted pretzel and small lemonade.

Don’t forget to RSVP today!

Tangier Outlet Mall is located at 400 South Wilson Road in rural Sunbury, just east of the I-71 and State Routes 36/37 interchange in Berkshire, Ohio.

Berkshire Township Mosquito Fogging Planned Monday

Positive West Nile Virus Test Leads to Fogging

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West Nile virus found in Berkshire Township leads to fogging on Monday. [photo jason gray]

The Delaware General Health District is informing residents in the Berkshire Township area that mosquito fogging will occur on Monday, July 18, as a result of a mosquito collection trap testing positive for West Nile virus.

This marks the first time this season the virus has been detected within the Health District.

Weather permitting, the Heath District’s Residential Services Unit will fog in the area north of Dustin Road, south of State Route 37, east of Interstate 71 and west of Golf Course Road around 9 p.m. Fog is sprayed from marked Health District pick-up trucks. Residents should bring children and pets indoors while fogging is being conducted.

Any resident who does not want their property sprayed is asked to call the Health District at 740-368-1700 and request to be placed on the no-fog list. Updated fogging plans will be announced on and on the Health District’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Protect Yourself From Bites

All residents are urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites. The most effective prevention is to dump standing water where mosquitoes breed. Make sure your property is free of stagnant water in flower pots, bird baths, tarps, gutters and other places where it can collect. Avoid going outdoors in the morning and the evening when mosquitoes are most active. If you do go out, wear light-colored, long-sleeved clothing and apply mosquito repellant that contains DEET or Picaridin.

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ODOT Prepares For Outlet Mall Madness

Owner Expects Up to 15,000 Visitors First Weekend

Drivers who use Interstate 71 in Delaware County should be on the lookout for “slow or stopped traffic” near the near the exit for Routes 36 and 37 beginning this Friday.

To prepare for the new Simon Tanger outlet mall opening in Delaware County, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and mall representatives met recently to discuss traffic control on opening day and the first weekend.

“The safety of the motoring public is paramount to ODOT,” said Jack R. Marchbanks, District 6 Deputy Director. “In addition to partnering with local law enforcement, ODOT will utilize several resources including overhead electronic signs, traffic cameras, roadside message boards and social media to alert drivers of the congestion.”

Some of those message boards will be located in Franklin County before drivers reach the Polaris/Gemini exit, and to the north in Morrow County near Route 61so drivers can use an alternate route if traffic is backed up on I-71 in Delaware County.

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Ohio Department of Transportation will deploy a State Farm Safety Truck on I-71 this weekend for the area around the brand-new outlet mall opening on Friday.

Vehicles stopped on the highway while others are driving by at interstate speeds is extremely dangerous. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office shared with ODOT they will have deputies stationed at all of the ramps. The mall expects 10 to 15,000 people during its first weekend.

“Coordination and communication is key to a safe weekend,” said Jack Marchbanks.

ODOT will also assign a State Farm Safety Patrol vehicle that normally patrols the Columbus area to I-71 in Delaware County for the opening weekend. The unit will patrol between Interstate 270 in Franklin County and Route 61 in Morrow County.

“That safety patrol vehicle will be an extra set of eyes and ears all weekend long for ODOT,” said Mitch Blackford, District 6 Highway Management Administrator. “The safety patrol vehicle can assist motorists who may run out of gas or need help changing a tire.”

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