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Fire Safety Tips From Habitec Security

Fire Safety Tips From Habitec Security

Stay Safe this Fourth of July!

Did you know that on July 4th, far more fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fire?*


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Reach out to Kelly McFarland and tell him Toby sent you!
  • If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.
  • Keep a 3-foot “safe zone” around grills and campfires.
  • Build campfires at least 15 feet from tent walls, shrubs or other materials that burn.

But in case of fire, you want to have your monitored by the Habitec Security team. We have had Habitec in our home for several years now and they have been a great source of security. When we spent 2-1/2 weeks in California with Ms.O. we weren’t worried about those coming and going

So while, Habitect Security’s Delaware branch is closed on Independence Day, give Branch Manager Kelly McFarland+ a call on

Sources and Attribution:

*NFPA’s Fireworks report, by John R. Hall, Jr., June 2013 and NFPA’s Fireworks Fact Sheet, Fire Analysis and Research Division, June 2015
** FEMA: Focus on Fire Safety
+ Toby and Kelly are both members of the BNI DelCo Profit Builders chapter and no financial incentives have been provided or are expected for this post.
Header image is provided by Habitec Security via email marketing

Fresh Faces on Old Stone Presbyterian Church

Fresh Faces on Old Stone Presbyterian Church

Snow falls on Old Stone Presbyterian Church
Sun rises over Old Stone Presbyterian Church in rural Delaware, Ohio. [toby boyce]

A fresh coat of snow greeted the rising sun this morning over the entire Delaware, Ohio, community.

Very few as vibrant and stunning as the contrast of the sun shining along the Old Stone Presbyterian Church‘s facade in rural Delaware, Ohio.

Old Stone Presbyterian — located at the corner of State Route 37 and Hodges Road — is one of those picturesque places regardless of the day.

Parade Location Wasting No Time …

Parade Location Wasting No Time …

2014 BIA Parade of Homes Work
Work has already begun on the 2014 Parade of Homes site at Trails End in southern Delaware. A bulldozer creates the entry way off State Route 315 while workers begin to disassemble the barn in the background. [toby boyce / delawareohrealestate.com]

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Sunny 95 Block Party Rocks Rainy Day!

Sunny 95 Block Party Rocks Rainy Day!

Sunny 95 Block Party Delaware Ohio Locust Curve
Locust Curve Park hosted the first repeat Sunny 95 Block Party event in Delaware, Ohio on Tuesday. According to a Sunny 95 representative, it a “best of” summer for the station as they return to their best sites from previous summers. A great time was had by all, until mother nature decided to join the party! [toby boyce / delawareohrealestate.com]
Ohio Primary Election Coming, You Need to Register Today

Ohio Primary Election Coming, You Need to Register Today

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It is one month from today that Ohio Primary Election will take place on “Super (Slimy) Tuesday.”

Today is the final day to register for those looking to vote in the Ohio Primary Election on March 6. To register you can complete the attached PDF and submit it via mail. However, if you do that note that you must get today’s postmark on the form or you will not be eligible to vote for the Primary (however you’ll be registered for the general election in November).

If you can’t do the mail thing, download the form and take it to the Delaware County Board of Elections in the Hall Building in northern Delaware, Ohio, to be registered. Again, you have to visit by the end of business today to be registered. The Hall Building is located at 2079 US 23 North — adjacent to Big Lots and behind McDonalds and Wendy’ on 23 just north of the city — and the hours on Monday are from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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With the election season descinding on Ohio – we are 30 days away from Super Tuesday and the Ohio Primary Election – many Ohioians look forward to the time when the animal donkey is the only kind in town. Mr. Donkey is on a farm on Curren Road outside Prospect, Ohio, in northwest Delaware County.

To be eligible to register to vote in Ohio, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Be a United States citizen.
  2. Be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election. (If you will be 18 before the November election, you may vote on candidates only for primary elections held in the current year. You must be 18 to vote on all issues and local options.)
  3. Be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 consecutive days immediately before the the election in which you wish to vote.
  4. You must not be incarcerated (in prison or jail) for a felony conviction under the Ohio laws, laws of another state, or the laws of the United States.
  5. You must not have been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court.
  6. You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violating election laws.

Get out there and vote, even if most of the national candidtate seem to be “donkies” lets protect our American right by expressing our rights to vote.

We Can Coexist and Proof Is Right Under Our Feet

We Can Coexist and Proof Is Right Under Our Feet

Toby, and the rest of Ohio Home Team, are big fans of watching History, TruTV, and other “real-world” documentary shows on televion. And combining that with the nightly news on Columbus’s Channel 10 it would seem that man can’t get along and coexist.

But then, during the beautiful weather of last week, Toby got out and enjoyed the weather with his camera. At the Alum Creek Visitor’s Center he found this proof we can coincide.

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Only stop apart from each other a deer, track is lower left, and human, track upper middle, are frozen in time at Alum Creek State Park's Visitor Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.

The mud had solidified under a Honey Locust tree and left a very telling tale that two species had recently passed through this area heading in the same direction. A “teenage” child, assuming based on the footprint size, and a large Whitetail Deer had headed west from the lake area towards the woods that surrounds the Visitor’s Center and the rest of the park.

We need to remember that when we are in nature. Life is simple, enjoy it. Have fun and treat those around you as if they were the most important reason in the world for you to live.

Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Let it Snow, Let it Snow

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Only ten days before Christmas, the snow is falling in Delaware, Ohio.

The weatherman this morning made it sound like the snow wouldn’t be in Delaware, Ohio. Well, it has been snowing all morning and while the ground is still a little too warm to actually begin accumulating the porches and rails are beginning to look like it is 10 days before Christmas.

Lighting Up The Delaware Ohio Skies

Lighting Up The Delaware Ohio Skies

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The storms passed through Delaware, Ohio, tonight and we were able to catch a few photos as the skies were lit up in western Delaware.
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More lighting over Delaware Ohio tonight.
Delaware YMCA Looking More Finished Every Day

Delaware YMCA Looking More Finished Every Day

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Delaware, Ohio’s new YMCA continues to take shape along South Houk Road on the city’s west side.

I hadn’t been on South Houk Road in a while so it was a bit of a shock when I drove by the other morning and saw the extensive work that’s been done on the new YMCA.

Last time I’d been by it was cinder block and steel, but now it is beginning to take shape with brick and stone finishings.

Looking good and getting Delaware Ohio community ready for its opening!

How Hot Was it in Delaware Today?

How Hot Was it in Delaware Today?

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It was so hot in Delaware, Ohio today that even the windmill’s didn’t want to work.

How hot was it in Delaware, Ohiotoday?

Even the windmill along US 23 didn’t want to work.

Scioto River Reminding Delaware Residents Its There

Scioto River Reminding Delaware Residents Its There

Scioto River near banks
The Scioto River washed out a favorite fishing spot -- notice the bench surrounded by water -- just north of Fry Road in rural Delaware County. (photo by Toby Boyce)

April was the wettest on record in Central Ohio and the remnants are still present in rural Delaware County.

This photograph was taken just north of Fry Road on State Route 257 between Bellpoint and White Sulpher on Wednesday.

RIP: Delaware Library Urinal

RIP: Delaware Library Urinal

Delaware County District Library Urinal
Deceased Urinal in Delaware County District Library (by toby boyce)

He’d had a good life, serving the needs of those – especially men – visiting the Delaware County Library’s main branch.

That all came to an end recently. The violence still evident in the half-covered urinal-bag and caution tape left at the scene by the plumber.

It was truly a sad day when I heard he was gone.

Okay, so I’ve seen some “unique” things around Delaware County over the past nine years that Gretchen and I’ve lived here. I thought I’d add an occassional, as noticed, little fun photo section to the site.

They’ll all be catologed under the “Faces of Delaware” tag if you are interested. enjoy

Spring Has Sprung in Delaware

Spring Has Sprung in Delaware

Crocuses are a sure sign that spring is on its way in Delaware, Ohio. (toby boyce)

Crocuses are a sure sign that spring is on its way in Delaware, Ohio. (toby boyce)

The weather has changed and while the magnolia trees have the big fuzzy buds the first true sign of spring – the crocus flowers have sprung.

I keep threatening to just plant my entire yard full of these fragile spring treats.

High Water Closes Warrensburg Road

High Water Closes Warrensburg Road

Recent rains have left several Delaware County closed along the Scioto River.

Warrensburg and Klondike Roads are both closed along Routes 36 and 257 about three miles west of Delaware. Photo is from Williamsburg Methodist Church of Christ, the road “should be” just beyond the trees running north along the river on the opposite bank.

Be smart out there! Watched three young guys in a jacked-up 4×4 consider violating the closed road order. Thankfully, they thought better of it.

The Old County Home in Delaware

The Old County Home in Delaware

The old County Home along – shocker – County Home Road just outside Kilbourne, Ohio, in rural Delaware County.

Apologies for the image as it was originally posted; trying the “send to WordPress” and WordPress Blackberry application. Need a little more work to make sure it all works.

Delaware Food Pantry Has Call For Help

Delaware Food Pantry Has Call For Help

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Delaware City Vineyard church needs our assistance to keep its food bank going. (Slavik Gormah/sxc)

Delaware City Vineyard needs our help to keep its food banking operating.

On Monday night the Food Pantry assisted 61 Delaware families and its capacity is being strained. Hence, the organization is putting out a call for help from church members and the rest of the Delaware community. They are asking for everyone to undertake the “4-1-1” plan. The 4-1-1 plan is that for the next four weeks, every family member will bring one item per week to support the Food Pantry.

The Food Pantry is open throughout the week for walk-ins from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and the fourth Monday night of month from 6-8 p.m. Those that visit the pantry will receive bags of shelf-stable food to meet emergency needs. The goal of the Delaware City Vineyard Food Pantry is to demonstrate God’s love practically to people in and around the city of Delaware.

How Can I Help the Food Pantry?

There are many ways you can help with the food pantry. Workers who are available during the day to help with food deliveries, people who can pack bags, and people to help with hospitality and registration are needed. If you would like to learn more about how you can help with the food pantry, e-mail or call the church office at 740-362-6383.

What Does the Food Pantry Need?

While the needs of the Food Pantry change on a regular basis, we are always in need of the following donations:

  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Ramen Style Soup
  • Boxes/Bags of Rice
  • Crackers
  • Snack Items
  • Canned Fruits & Vegetables
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Tuna
  • Meal Helpers
  • Diabetic Foods
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes (new in package)
  • Bars of Soap
  • Laundry Detergent

Delaware City Vineyard Church is located at 425 South Sandusky Street Suite 3 in southern Delaware, Ohio.

Get a Special Look at Downtown Delaware

Get a Special Look at Downtown Delaware

Have you ever wondered about what the second and third-floors in downtown Delaware, Ohio?

Artful Spaces
Artful Spaces featured in Main Street Delaware's First Friday celebration. (iker/sxc)

Well, on Friday, June 4, you’ll have a chance to take a look at these areas during Main Street Delaware’s First Friday Celebration featuring its Artful Spaces tour.

The finished, untouched, “not-so” finished, and maybe scary spaces will be open for touring for only $10 during the First Friday Celebration from 6-9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Corner Framing, Beehive Books and on the day of the event.

In addition, it is Delaware’s the annual “Paint the Town Purple” in honor of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Take the chance to check-out downtown Delaware, Ohio, if you have been here lately. The shops will be open late so come to shop, enjoy a great dinner, and even take in a movie at the Strand Theatre.

Beehive Books is located at 25 North Sandusky Street in downtown Delaware and Corner Framing is located at 27 North Sandusky Street in downtown Delaware.

Ford Made in America Performance at Central Ohio Symphony

Ford Made in America Performance at Central Ohio Symphony

Robert Gruca
Robert Gruca

Central Ohio Symphony will return with its Ford Made in America performance to close out the 2009-2010 season on May 1 at 8 p.m. in the Ohio Wesleyan University’s Gray Chapel.

The May concert will feature Joseph Schwantner’s Chasing Light, part of the Ford Made in America program. The symphony will feature guitar soloist, Robert Gruca from Cleveland, for Roberto Sierra’s Floras. The season will end with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica, the landmark symphony that began the Romantic era of music.

For more information, or tickets, visit www.centralohiosymphony.org or call (888) 999-2676.

Central Ohio Symphony’s March Concert in Delaware

Central Ohio Symphony’s March Concert in Delaware

Amy Oshiro
Amy Oshiro

Central Ohio Symphony returns for its March Concert on March 7 at 3 p.m. at the Ohio Wesleyan University’s Gray Chapel.

The March concert will open with Jean Sibelius popular Finlandia and his Violin Concerto with Oberlin-trained guest artist Amy Oshiro, former assistant concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony and now with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The concert will end with Edward Elger’s Enigma Variations and the Gray Chapel organ.

For more information, or tickets, visit www.centralohiosymphony.org or call (888) 999-2676.

Westerville Resident Named Delaware Economic Director

Westerville Resident Named Delaware Economic Director

New Economic Director in Delaware, Ohio
Shannon Hamons will be charged with brining continuted economic development to Delaware Ohio. (photo by Toby Boyce)

The City of Delaware has hired Shannon Hamons to serve as the city’s economic development coordinator effective February 8.

Hamons has been economic development director for the City of Westerville, City of Upper Arlington and the City of Grove City. He most recently worked for Columbus-based Pizzuti Companies, a national commercial retail business with offices in Orlando, Chicago and Atlanta.

Hamons will begin his duties with an annual salary of $78,000.

“The City of Delaware will benefit from Shannon’s extensive public and private sector experience,” City Manager Tom Homan said. “His expertise will keep Delaware competitive by proactively engaging the development community to attract businesses to our commercial corridors.”

Hamons, who lives in Westerville in Delaware County, is a Certified Economic Developer and is a member of the International Economic Development Council. He said he is excited about his new duties with the city.

“Delaware is a very attractive community because of its many attributes such as quality of life, standard of living, and political and professional leadership,” he said. “I look forward to advancing Delaware’s economic development goals.”

Hamons will work closely with city departments and city council to update strategic plans and implement marketing and development strategies.

“Shannon will be a strong addition to the city’s team, given his extensive economic development experience in the public sector and his most recent private sector experience,” Homan said.

The City has been without an economic development coordinator since April 2009. The city began a search for a new coordinator last year but held off on filling the position because of mid-year budget cuts that carried over into 2010. A recently opened position in the Planning and Community Development Department, combined with City Council’s support for filling the position opened the way for the hiring.

“Ideally, we would have been able to fill the planning position, now, as well; however, given the fact that the economic development position has been vacant nearly a year and the need to expand the city’s economic base is so critical, it is simply more important right now to fill that position,” Homan said.

Hamons’ background and experience in the community development arena will allow him to provide assistance to the Planning and Community Development Department, Homan added.

Source: City of Delaware public relations