Main Street Delaware Earns Accreditation

 In 2018, Main Street Delaware organized 5,617 volunteer hours with a monetary value of $138,683 to help preserve, protect, and promote the historic downtown.

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Together, these people helped to create monthly First Friday celebrations, twice-weekly farmers’ markets from May through October, a three-day Home for the Holidays weekend, and more. They worked through design, organization, and promotion committees and in collaboration with city and county economic development offices to help support new businesses with mentoring advice, to organize community cleanups, and to bring the community together in a vibrant and welcoming downtown.

In recognition of its success, Main Street Delaware this month earned its 2019 accreditation as a National Main Street Community. The accreditation followed a half-day evaluation by Columbus-based Heritage Ohio, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify local programs that meet 10 performance standards such as developing a mission, fostering strong public-private partnerships, tracking a city’s economic progress, and preserving historic buildings. The National Main Street Center is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

In addition to earning renewal of its national accreditation, Main Street Delaware was honored in October with a statewide Heritage Ohio award for2017’s Best Main Street Committee Project or Event. Main Street Delaware was recognized for its inaugural three-day Home for the Holidays weekend, which incorporated the downtown tree lighting, Christmas parade, Dash for Dasher scavenger hunt, and business open house into one unforgettable weekend.

“Main Street Delaware is honored to be recognized for making a positive difference in the life of downtown Delaware and the local community,” said Susie Bibler, executive director. “On behalf of our Board of Directors, I would like to thank everyone who supports us by making financial gifts, volunteering their time, and attending our events. We are grateful, too, for strong partnerships with the city and county, and we look forward to an even bigger and brighter future.”

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.

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.

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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 www.owu.edu/BishopBackers. 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.

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.

Olivina Featured on Fox28 Thursday

Spotlight on white balsamics in Delaware

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Cameron Fontanta, left, will be at Olivina Taproom in Delaware, Ohio, on Thursday for a segment on Fox28 Columbus. (Photo credit: Fox 28)

Olivina Taproom will be featured in a mini-series on Fox28 Columbus’s “Good Day Columbus” and the “Good Day Marketplace” on Thursday, August 2.

Tune in at 10 a.m. for their second segment that will feature a drink demonstration with Cameron Fontana and a spotlight on the delicious white balsamics.
The other shows include and in-studio cooking demonstration with Chef Michael on August 7 and vinaigrettes and salads will be showcased on August 15.

If your missed Olivina’s first appearance, you are in lucks as you can watch it at the Fox28 Columbus web site.

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