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Win a Honda EU2000i From ARES

Win a Honda EU2000i From ARES

Delaware County Amateur Radio Emergency Service will raffle off three Honda EU2000i generators in a fundraiser to secure equipment to make sure the service is prepared if pressed into service.

The generators come with a DC charger, cover, and three-year warranty. The generator will be shipped to you free of charge and has a value of $999. Get Honda reliability in a lightweight, portable generator.

Honda EU2000i in Ostrander Ohio
A $20 ticket with only 1,000 sold gives you the chance to win a $999 Honda EU2000i from Delaware County Amateur Radio Services. [courtesy of Honda]

Cost per ticket is $20 and only 1,000 will be sold. Get more information or purchase tickets online or at the Delaware County Spotter Course at Buckeye Valley West Elementary (61 N. 3rd Street) in Ostrander, Ohio on April 2 at 7 p.m.

All proceeds from ticket sales benefit Delaware County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).

About the Delaware County Emergency Service Group

The Delaware County Emergency Service group is an organization of amateur radio operators from around Delaware County who freely give use of their time, talent, equipment and federal licensing in support of our emergency and first responders. In the event of a major disaster, Delaware County ARES is activated by the Delaware County Emergency Management Agency to provide backup communications to police, fire, EMS, or respond to a pre-determined location such as an American Red Cross shelter to provide emergency communications.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service is part of a much larger state organization, and ARES actively participate as weather spotters in support of the National Weather Service during severe weather outbreaks year round. Amateur Radio operators have a knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and must pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies which are radio frequencies reserved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) exclusively for use by amateur radio operators.

Questions may be directed to Donn Rooks by telephone at 740-815-1520, or by e-mail.

A New Chapter: Howard Hanna RealCom Realty

A New Chapter: Howard Hanna RealCom Realty

Later afternoon on Tuesday, October 22, Toby Boyce walked into the Howard Hanna RealCom Realty office at 52 North Sandusky Street witch the official paperwork to complete the first sentence in his new professional chapter.

Delaware resident Toby Boyce is now working with Howard Hanna
Delaware resident Toby Boyce is now working with Howard Hanna RealCom Realty

Toby had been planning to launch his own brokerage later this year and just this past Friday, November 16, completed his broker classes at Hondros College. However in talking with Howard Hanna RealCom’s Delaware branch managepr Jeff Dunahue it became apparent to Gretchen and Toby that that this was the place for him to be at this time and place.

What’s Changed?

This summer, Toby realized that he’d gotten away from his core business model. The move to Howard Hanna RealCom Realty in Delaware, Ohio, allows him to focus on getting back to basics working on helping people — because that’s what he’s the best at.

“We’d gotten to caught up in the numbers associated with real estate,” Toby said recently. “Focusing on what other agents were doing and not on what we needed to focus on — our customers. We had to learn the hard way and it was a lesson that we have taken to heart and don’t want to repeat anytime soon.

Real Estate. Real Easy. Comes to Delaware Ohio

So, with that we’ve launched our new program – Real Estate. Real Easy. On the surface it is really simple. Our goal is to make working with us a pleasurable experience – and how do we do that? By being responsive to your needs, proactive to your expectations, and honest but focused on your dreams.

  • Prompt response to all communication. Four hours for phone calls, e-mails, or texts is my goal and I’m a goal-oriented person.
  • Straight forward “every person” explanation for real estate discussions. I’m not here to impress you by talking over your head or down on you.
  • Continued Educational and Technological Development to Make Your Life Easier. My goal is to make the home buying process as easy as possible for you, from looking at houses, to the contract, to closing which is why I’m working with vendors and developing systems to make the process even easier for you.
These are just the tip of the ice berg of what you can expect. So keep us in mind when it comes time to buy or sell that next home!
Ohio Not Among the Best Places for Cats

Ohio Not Among the Best Places for Cats

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“I swear it isn’t my fault about the cats.”

Ohio is among the five worst states for your cats according to the 2013 State of Pet Health Report which was released by Banfield Health Hospital.

According to the Report, Ohio’s cats live the nation’s shortest life span with an average of 10.9 years which is well below the national average of 12.1 years. Lousiana (11.0), Mississippi (11.1) and Kentucky (11.1) are right there with the Buckeye state at the dubious level.

Interestingly, while the Buckeye state continues to struggle with its waist-line its 19 per 100 of its cats are obese which is below the 23% national average. The most common diagnosis experienced for cats in Ohio are:

  1. Dental Tartar
  2. Fleas
  3. Otitis Externa (ear infection)
  4. Overweight
  5. Gingivitis



Machine Add Two In Preparation for Another Delaware Summer

Machine Add Two In Preparation for Another Delaware Summer

The Ohio Machine announced a trade with the Hamilton Nationals that brings goalkeeper Scott Rodgers and defenseman Chad Wiedmaier to the Machine’s 2013 roster, as well as the National’s second round 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft pick. In return, the Nationals receive midfielder Roy Lang and the Machine’s first round 2015 MLL Collegiate Draft pick on Thursday.

Rodgers [via Hamilton]
Rodgers [via Hamilton]
“Chad Wiedmaier is one of the top emerging young defensemen in Major League Lacrosse and Scott Rodgers is a proven winning goaltender at this level. We expect both players to add considerable depth to their respective positions as we get ready for the season to begin on May 4th,” said Machine President and General Manager John Algie. “We are sorry that we never got the opportunity to see Roy Lang in a Machine uniform but with the talent we added in this year’s College Draft, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bolster our defensive unit with this trade. We wish him the best of luck with Hamilton.”

Three-year MLL veteran Rodgers was drafted seventh overall by the Nationals in the 2010 MLL Collegiate Draft. In his rookie campaign, Rodgers played in eight games and ranked second among MLL goalies with a .571 save percentage and third with a 12.26 goals-against average. Rodgers followed up his rookie year by helping lead the Nationals to 2011 MLL Championship Weekend and to the finals. He was again third in MLL with an 11.46 goals-against average and fourth with a .558 save percentage. Rodgers set the Nationals’ single-season saves record with 106 in 2011. Prior to joining MLL, Rodgers played for the University of Notre Dame where he was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 NCAA Championship and was a two-time All-American. Rodgers finished his 2010 senior season ranked first nationally in save percentage (.605) and third in goals-against average (7.56).

“Rodgers has shown that he is capable of being a top goaltender in Major League Lacrosse and we expect that he will create considerable competition for playing time in the cage this year,” said Algie.

Wiedmaier [via Hamilton]
Wiedmaier [via Hamilton]
Princeton University alum Wiedmaier comes to the Machine after being drafted by the Nationals in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft as the seventh overall pick. He played nine games for the Nationals during his rookie season, collecting 18 groundballs and one assist. As a four-year starter for Princeton, Wiedmaier was also a four-time All-American and four-time First Team All-Ivy League. He was the first Princeton player to achieve First Team all four seasons and held Rob Pannel, the first overall pick in the 2012 Collegiate Draft, to just four for 44 shooting during their matchups in college.

“Wiedmaier is a tough and smart defender who can bolster our back line and has the potential to become a top defenseman in the league,” said Algie.

The Machine’s 2013 season and home opener will be hosted at Selby Stadium on Saturday, May 4, against the Denver Outlaws. The 2012 MLL Championship runners up Outlaws are led by 2012 MLL MVP Brendan Mundorf and 2012 MLL Defensive Player of the Year Lee Zink.

Ice Cream Shops Open for Season

Ice Cream Shops Open for Season

Dairy Point was one of our favorite ice cream shops to open this month in preperation for the delayed spring. Can you guess the other? [Toby Boyce]
Two of our favorite desert spots have reopened this month after taking the winter off. Dairy Point at the intersection of East Winter Street and Central Avenue on Delaware’s east side was one.

Whit’s Frozen Custard in historic downtown Delaware was the other.

All together now … Yum

Open House in Delaware Ohio Sunday

Open House in Delaware Ohio Sunday

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Don’t miss the chance to view this lovely home in Delaware, Ohio, that’s for sale or rent today, March 10, from 2-4 p.m. in the Woods of Locust Curve.

This home is not a drive by as it lives much-larger than you’d believe from the road with nearly 2,900 square foot of living space under roof and a wonderful fenced yard that is ready for your green thumb to take over. The home offers three bedrooms, 2-1/2 bathrooms along with a formal living room, dining room, office/den, great room, finished basement, loft area, first-floor laundry, kitchen and eating area.

The backyard is fenced with a large deck and pergola and play area along with a storage shed along the wooded rear of the property. A great setting for three-seasons of fun in Delaware, Ohio.

Priced to move at $195,000 or rent at $1,800 per month this home is ready to move quickly. Don’t miss out on it today.

Check out financing on this lovely home today!

Listed By Toby Boyce, Triumph Realty. (740) 990-9748.
“We Live Here, Play Here, & Sell Here”

June Ohio Home Sales Shows 10.6% Increase Over 2011

June Ohio Home Sales Shows 10.6% Increase Over 2011

Home sales activity throughout Ohio increased 10.6 percent in June, helping the marketplace record its 12th consecutive monthly sales gain, according to the statistics provided by the state’s Multiple Listing Services.

Sales of new and existing homes posted a 12.8 percent increase during the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period a year ago, reaching 52,896 sales versus the 2011 mark of 46,914.

“We’ve reached a significant milestone in our long journey toward recovery of the housing marketplace throughout Ohio, as sales activity has achieved 12 straight months of gains for the first time since December 2004 through November 2005,” said Robert U. Miller, president of the Ohio Association of REALTORS®. “It’s apparent that we’ve begun to overcome the challenges stemming from the economic collapse of 2008 and have made strides in building a solid foundation for having a sustainable, growing marketplace going forward.

“We’ve reached a significant milestone in our long journey toward recovery of the housing marketplace throughout Ohio, as sales activity has achieved 12 straight months of gains for the first time since December 2004 through November 2005,” said Robert U. Miller, president of the Ohio Association of REALTORS®. “It’s apparent that we’ve begun to overcome the challenges stemming from the economic collapse of 2008 and have made strides in building a solid foundation for having a sustainable, growing marketplace going forward.

“Ohio’s REALTORS® remain extremely confident about our market – as interest rates remain at historic lows, prices have begun to trend upward, inventories are declining, sellers are increasingly realistic in their pricing expectations and consumers understand that long‐term, owning a home is a tremendous investment.”

Not only have sales levels during the first six months exceeded the pace of a year ago, the average sales price (January through June) throughout Ohio this year is up 4 percent, reaching $131,004 versus the 2011 mark of $125,706. Total dollar volume this year is nearly $7 billion, a 17.5 percent increase from last year’s six‐month mark of $5.9 billion.

Miller noted that a recent survey of the state’s real estate professionals suggests the industry remains cautiously optimistic about the market’s outlook in the coming months. The OAR Housing Market Confidence Index, a recently created measurement of the perception Ohio REALTORS® have of the marketplace, offers the following highlights of the July 2012 report:

  • 86 percent of REALTORS® describe the current housing market in their area as moderate to strong; a significant increase from the 57 percent mark the profession posted during the month a year ago. This month’s REALTOR® Current Market Index measurement reached 50, a 21 point improvement from the July 2011 score of 29.
  • 87 percent of the respondents have moderate to strong expectations for their market in the next six months; a 26 percent increase from the July 2011 level of 61 percent. This month’s REALTOR® Future Market Index reached 50, an 18 point increase from the July 2011 Index of 32.
  • 91 percent of REALTORS® believe home prices over the next year will remain stable and could even post gains; a 17 percent jump from the findings in July 2011. The REALTOR® Price Index for REALTORS®’ expectations for the next year reached 61, a 19 point increase than the mark recorded during the month a year ago (42).
Train Tracks, Melmore, Ohio
[/media-credit] Real estate sales continue to pick-up steam throughout Ohio for the 12th consecutive month for the first-time since November 2005 according to the Ohio Association of REALTORS. (photo by Toby Boyce)

“The attitude within the real estate profession has come a long way in a relatively short period of time,” Miller noted.

“We are significantly more confident and optimistic about the housing market’s prospects – both in the near‐term and for the balance of the year. Our year‐over‐year increases in our Confidence Index findings are a clear signal that the profession is encouraged that we’re headed in the right direction.

“We fully understand that there will be challenges and setbacks in our economic recovery efforts in the coming months, but are certain that the desire to achieve the American Dream of homeownership remains strong throughout Ohio.”

Sales in June reached 11,246, a 10.6 percent increase from the 10,165 sales posted during the same period a year ago. The month’s average sales price of $150,174 is a 5.6 percent increase from the June 2011 mark of $141,793.

Total dollar volume in June nearly reached $1.7 billion, a 17.2 percent increase from the $1.4 billion mark posted a year ago. Data provided to OAR by Multiple Listing Services includes residential closings for new and existing single‐family homes and condominiums/co‐ops. The Ohio Association of REALTORS®, with 26,000 members, is the largest professional trade association in Ohio.

15 vs. 1,890: How Far Do You Want Your Food to Travel?

15 vs. 1,890: How Far Do You Want Your Food to Travel?

If that carrot you picked up from the super market was ble to turn in a mileage check it would have received a nice $1,20.89.

That’s right, at today’s $0.555 Internal Revenue Service mileage reimbursement level those 1,896 miles – or basically the distance from Maryland to New Mexico – would have paid a nice mortgage payment for the month.

Is This How We Are Supposed to Eat?

It would take you 31 hours to make the drive from New Mexico to Maryland non-stop. Your carrots are definately not going non-stop from the field to your local mega-mart – they are sitting for a day here, a day there, and those days add up. How fresh are those “fresh” carrots that are showing up in the mega-mart? Well … We can only guess.

I’m not picking on carrots, it was just an easy statistic to find (see the “Did You Know” below) and elaborate on. Where do your potatoes come from? Well the Idaho Potato Council will make you believe that it has to be coming directly from their fine state to have the best potatoes on the market. Well now, I’ve been picking up potatoes at the Main Street Delaware Farmer’s Market and even some Michigan (yes, I know there goes my Buckeye Card) potatoes and they are darn good as well.

I’ve been a big-fan of Richard Jensen’s Flying J Farm in rural Johnstown for the past couple of years and what he offers is a perfect look at what “we could do” but in realty it is also a perfect world situation. But more on that later.

Did You Know?

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The carrots at your local mega-mart may have travelled more than 1800 miles to reach your plate. Is that what you consider local?
  • Hawaii imports 90% of its food.
  • In 1866, 1,186 varieties of fruits and vegetables were produced in California. Today, California’s farms produce only 350 commercial crops.
  • Communities reap more economic benefits from the presence of small farms than they do from large ones. Studies have shown that small farms re-invest more money into local economies by purchasing feed, seed and other materials from local businesses, whereas large farms often order in bulk from distant companies. Large factory livestock farms also degrade local property values because of the intense odors they emit and other environmental problems they cause.
  • A typical carrot has to travel 1,838 miles to reach your dinner table.
  • In the U.S., a wheat farmer can expect to receive about six cents of each dollar spent on a loaf of bread—approximately the cost of the wrapping.
  • Farmers’ markets enable farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer.
  • About 1/3 of all U.S. farms are located within metropolitan areas, comprising 18% of total U.S. farmland.

Source: Sustainabletable.org, January 2009

Talk To Me About Family Farming

Can we all open our own Flying J Farm? Of course not. Jensen made a lifestyle decision that he would become an organic farmer producing various veggies, grains, and beef for those around him to purchase and use. It is a small-business model that seems to be working well for him — at least by how quickly he sells out of some of his items — but if we all did it then … well he’d be broke.

This in large part why I’m not too concerned about how many “commercial” crops are grown in Calfornia. With the transportation and storage people expect better produce from the large commercial farms so they are growing the best crops in their region. But, this “commercial” crop look omits the number of private family farms that might be growing those same 1,800 plus crops and selling them at local farmer markets around the state. It all comes down to perspective.

And my perspective is to buy locally whenever possible. Would you like to join me?

Delaware’s Best: Breakfast Sandwich

Delaware’s Best: Breakfast Sandwich

Where Can I get Delaware’s Best Breakfast Sandwich?

Grady Breakfast Sandwich is the best in Delaware
Grady Breakfast Sandwich is our best for that time of the day in Delaware, Ohio.

Breakfast sandwiches are not known as the world’s most exciting culinary experience. However, it happens to be a long-term challenge to find sandwiches that offer that amazing flavor without being over-powered by grease or having that “McDonald’s” taste.

The Grady Cafe, Delaware, Ohio

Going with the tradition of a breakfast sandwich this week’s best is found at a location that many Delawarite don’t want to visit. Not because of the food, but because of the location. Grady Cafe is located on the first-floor of Ohio Health’s Grady Memorial Hospital on the city’s west side.

The sandwich ($3.95) is a delight and one that I enjoy as often as possible. The Grady Breakfast Sandwich can be “made your way” but I always choose to have a toasted (I find the grilled bagels have too much butter and get a bit soggy) bagel, cheese, and sausage. (Of course for those that believe the world rises and falls in Bacon you can get that as well!)

I usually toss in a side of hash browns ($1 for two) and coffee ($1) to make it a great breakfast. The Grady Cafe is located at 5001 West Central Avenue in western Delaware, Ohio, and opens daily at 7 a.m.

There are lots of places to get your breakfast sandwiches in Delaware County Ohio. What’s your favorite spot?

Delaware’s Best is published every Tuesday and is a feature that we have brought back to Delaware Ohio Real Estate and Events after realizing that we’d gotten away from the core of what this site was about. Do you have a place that you think is “Delaware’s Best”? Well drop us a note or leave a comment and we’ll gladly check it out.

Clean Your Medicine Cabinet When You Move Out

Clean Your Medicine Cabinet When You Move Out

I was recently showing a short-sale home in northwest Delaware, Ohio when the buyer said “want some Oxycodone?”

020509073138 oxycodone1We all just stopped and stared at him. But there it was, a half-used prescription for oxycodone in the medicine cabinet of this vacant – and obviously for some time – home.

My buyer, a member of local law enforcement, just laughed and said that the pills had obviously gotten wet and were all moldy and disgusting and that was the end of that.

We moved on.

What if it hadn’t been us?

What if it had been a 15-year-old kid. What if it had been a dealer raiding vacant houses looking for a score just like this — she doesn’t care how they look or expired or not the sale’s price is all the same to her.

The police pick up that criminal with your pill bottle in her pocket, now you got a lot of explaining to do … and fast. Or worse yet, they find the 15-year-old overdosed on bad Oxycodone and in his hand is your pill bottle. Do you want that hanging over your head?

What Can You Do?

If you move out, properly dispose of all medications or take them with you. It is pretty simple. More than likely the new owners don’t want the pain that you are being so kind to leave them in the basement for the mauve master-bedroom. But I can guarantee they don’t want your old medicines to become the first problem they get to deal with upon moving in.

However, this doesn’t just go for vacant homes. If you are living in your home consider putting all medications in a locked location during showings. Buyers have a natural impulse to “look behind every door” and just removing the temptation can be an ounce of prevention.

Annual Car Show Coming to Streets of Ashley

Annual Car Show Coming to Streets of Ashley

Ashley Wesleyan Church will host its 12th-annual Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show in downtown Ashley, Ohio, on Saturday, June 17, from 6-9 p.m.

DSC 0036The event will feature lots of other great things to enjoy. A bean dinner or for those looking to save on gas drinks, bratwursts, hot dogs, and hamburbers will be sold to benefit the Vacation Bible School program. There will also be Sno-Cones, bake sales, and games. And a live D.J. will be spinning a wide-selection of musical tunes.

Interested in showing your car, truck, or motorcycle? Registration fee is $5 and you can register between 5:30 and 7:30 day of the show. Three special trophies – D.J.’s Choice, Pastor’s Choice, and Motorcycle Jim’s Choice – will be handed out along with door prizes and dash plaques to the first 60 cars or bikes. Trophies will be awarded for the top-ten cars and top-five bikes.

For more information call Jim Foor at (740) 815-7238 or (740) 815-7640 or check it out online at www.AshleyWesleyan.org.

Rotary Hosting Hole In One Contest at Delaware’s Hidden Valley Course

Rotary Hosting Hole In One Contest at Delaware’s Hidden Valley Course

Delaware Rotary Club will be hosting its Family Fund Day “Hole-In-One” Contest on Saturday, June 18, at Delaware, Ohio’s Hidden Valley Golf Course from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Entry fees include the chance to win or enjoy:1340146 93262505 picnik

  • Win a CAR from Carriage Towne Chrysler Dodge Jeep
  • Win a CAR from Chesrown Buick Chevrolet GMC Cadillac
  • Win $5,000 or other great prizes
  • Closest-To-Pin or Long Drive Prizes on every hole
  • FREE golf club to the first 100 players that register
  • Shortened yardages for youth (except for CAR & $5,000 attempts
  • Pitching & Putting Clinic from 2-3pm with golf pro, Steve Grimes from Green Acres Golf Course
  • FREE food & drink in the shelter house

Competition is not based on lowest score. Players are encouraged to pick up after maximum 2 shots. Only one skill prize per person please.
There are only two (2) CAR and one (1) grand prize “Hole In One” prizes. Once these are won, that prize is no longer available. Person who wins
the $5000 Hole-In-One prize agrees to donate $1,000 to the Delaware Rotary Foundation.

Cost is $25 per adult, $15 for course members and children under 16, and a foursome is $75. Net proceeds to benefit Delaware Rotary Youth Programs. Registrations are encouraged as “walk on” will be grouped with other players.

Visit Hidden Valley Golf Course at 550 West William Street in western Delaware, Ohio, for a registration form or the Rotary’s Web site.

Lolli-Pops Series Returns to Powell on June 13

Lolli-Pops Series Returns to Powell on June 13

5750jnyj0houk4The popular Lolli-Pops Kids Concert Series returns to the Powell, Ohio, Village Green Amphitheater in 2011.

These free concerts run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday mornings on the following dates:

  • June 13 – Annie Hawe and the Annie Jam Band
  • July 11 – Endless Recess
  • August 8 – The Shazzbots

The series occurs thanks to a partnership between the City of Powell, Olentangy Rotary, Powell Kiwanis, and Powell Sertoma clubs and corporate sponsorship from Giant Eagle, Costco and Recreations Outlet.

Delaware Libraries Kick Off Summer Reading Club!

Delaware Libraries Kick Off Summer Reading Club!

Delaware County District Library wil be kicking off its Summer Reading Series this week an it runs through August 6.

The event will kick off with parties at each branch to get the party started.Orange-20110525-00078

  • Ostrander: Saturday, June 11, at 10 a.m. at the library
  • Orange: Saturday, June 11, at 2 p.m. at the library
  • Delaware: Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m. at the library
  • Powell: Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m. at the Village Park Ampitheater

The theme for this year’s event is “one world, many stories” and the entertaining and engaging programs are available on all reading ability and ages. For the first-time ever, the summer reading program will also include an adult section this year.

Attend the kick-off – or any of the branches after June 11 – to get your passport to track your reading progress and let you earn prizes and books throughout the summer.

The group will be broken up into four age groups including baby and toddler (5-and-under), kids (6-11 years), teen (12-18 years), and adult (18+).

For more information visit the Delaware County District Library’s Web site or ask a librarian at any of the branches.

Arts, Crafts Fair Celebrates Local Wares in Delaware Ohio on June 18

Arts, Crafts Fair Celebrates Local Wares in Delaware Ohio on June 18

Experts feel that Americans may finally be working their way out of the economic lows of the past few years, and a Delaware, Ohio, couple is doing their part.Scipio-20110410-00325

Buttermilk Hill Country Market, the online arts consortium created by Tom and Stephanie Seery, will host the first Spring Market Day – an arts and crafts festival – on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Back Roads Antiques & Garden Center in rural Delaware, Ohio.

Spring Market Day will feature the creations of a variety of local artists and crafters, along with live entertainment and “fair-style” food, including hot dogs, shaved ice, and kettle corn.

“We’re excited to introduce Central Ohioans to the works of some of our favorite artists,” Stephanie said. “And most of all, we’re looking forward to a fun day.”

Buttermilk Hill Country Market aims to give crafters and artisans the opportunity to participate in the global economy. The Seerys sell Ohio-made goods at www.buttermilkhill.com.

“We can’t create pottery or fine jewelry, but we’re good at creating web sites – and publicity,” Tom said. “And so many artists will tell you that they’re too busy being artists to handle their own web design and marketing. We’re just combining our skills with theirs. It’s the perfect fit.”

It’s also the perfect time. Around the country there is a revolution afoot as Americans rediscover the importance of buying American-made goods. Etsy, an online retailer for handmade products, grossed an astounding $400 million in 2010. But with over 300,000 Etsy “shops,” it’s very easy for an individual shop to be overlooked.

“Many shopkeepers on Etsy find that promoting their shop could be a full-time job,” Stephanie said. “And that takes away from time that should be spent creating. Buttermilk Hill manages a web site and promotes it for them so they can focus on what they do best – their art.”

The Seerys are optimistic about their new business venture. “We hope we’ll be part of the solution,” Stephanie said. “We want to grow, and we want to help these other Ohio small businesses grow with us.”

For more information on Buttermilk Hill Country Market and the Spring Market Day event, visit www.buttermilkhill.com or call Stephanie at (614) 738-8097.

Back Roads Antiques & Garden Center is located at 3664 Bean Oller Road in southern Delaware, Ohio.

Council For Older Adults Summer Festival Returns With Bang in Delaware

Council For Older Adults Summer Festival Returns With Bang in Delaware

The Council for Older Adults’ 19th Annual Summer Festival will take place Saturday, June 11, from Noon until 8 p.m. at the Center for Older Adults in southern Delaware, Ohio.

The event includes the famous Pig & Corn Roast which includes dinner, a la carte, and carry-out dinner options. Tickets are $6 in advance of $7 at the door and can be purchased at the Center for Older Adults, Sunbury Cleaners, and some branches of Delaware County Bank and Trust.Delaware-20110519-00035

Free admission and plenty of parking – handicapped included – and shuttle service provided by DATA Bus.

Live music will play all day. The outside stage will feature In Full Swing (Noon-2 p.m.), Erica Blinn (2-3 p.m.), Thrown to the Curb (3-4 p.m.), Grassahol (4-6 p.m.), and Delyn Christian & The Fret Shop Band (6-8 p.m.). On the indoor stage you’ll enjoy the sounds of 3C Highway (5-8 p.m.)

The Kids Zone will feature a bounce house, obstacle course, kids’ train, Dr. Eldoonie, and clowns.

The popular Health Fair will return from Noon until 4 p.m. and feature more than 20 screenings for those 60-and-older. In addition a Business Expo will give you an opportunity to meet representatives from local companies and non-profit organizations.

The Center for Older Adults is located at 800 Cheshire Road in southern Delaware, Ohio. For more information, call the Council for Older Adults
at (740) 363-6677 or visit www.growingolder.org.

The Best No Down Payment Home Purchase Option In Delaware Ohio

The Best No Down Payment Home Purchase Option In Delaware Ohio

Equity ResourceHas your search for a Central Ohio home been hampered by finding funds for a down payment?

Well, the USDA Rural Development loan program could be the answer to your problems. Add in competitive rates, no down payment, and no private mortgage insurance premiums and it could be a great deal.

According to Equity Resource Mortgage Specialist John Berner, there are 10 key reasons to buy a home through the USDA Rural Development Loan Program.

  1. No down payment needed.
  2. No monthly mortgage insurance or private mortgage insurance is needed.DSC 0075
  3. Closing costs can be financed or gifted.
  4. Qualifying Ratios.
  5. No reserve required.
  6. 30-year fixed rate loans have a competitive interest rate.
  7. Streamline approvals with credit scores above 620.
  8. We understand rural properties.
  9. Streamline process to insure closings occur in a timely manner.
  10. This is a win-win program for buyers who lack funds for a down payment!

Is rural development something that might interest you? Contact John Berner at (740) 363-7300 or by e-mail at jberner@callequity.net and tell him “Toby sent you for more information on Rural Development Loans.”

It is important to remember that not everyone will qualify for the USDA Rural Development program and other restrictions may apply contact John for details.

Toby Boyce, Ohio Home Team, nor Keller Williams Consultants received any payment for providing this article.

Delaware Showcases Art During First Friday Celebration

Delaware Showcases Art During First Friday Celebration

Delaware Artist Showcase will debut on Friday, June 3, from 6 – 10 p.m. at the Knights of Pythias Lodge in downtown Delaware, Ohio, during Main Street Delaware’s First Friday celebration.DSC 0117

Delaware Artist Showcase is a venue for Delaware creatives and will feature adornables by Lyn St. Clair; memorabilia from Mary Sue Metzger; quickdraw by Cindy Smith and drawings by Amanda VanBrimmer during its initial showing. Light refreshments and music will be offered.

In addition there will be cash sales available for:

  • Jewelry
  • Beadwork
  • Cocktail Hats
  • Paintings
  • Drawings
  • Painted Furniture

Knights of Pythias Lodge is located at 9 West Winter Street in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio.

Funderburke Youth Organization Holding Fundraiser in Columbus

Funderburke Youth Organization Holding Fundraiser in Columbus

Lawrence Funderburke Organization will have its Fundraising Gala on June 16 at Eddie Merlot’s Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, in southern Delaware County.Columbus-20110305-00181

The event will begin at 7 p.m. with cocktails, exquisite Hors D’oeuvres, and silent auction. The program will begin at 8 p.m. and fill feature The Ohio State University’s football cach Jim Tressel as the keynote speaker. Channel 10’s sports anchor Dom Tiberi will serve as the event’s master of ceremonies.

Tickets and sponsorships are offered at the following rates:

  • Superstar Sponsorship Package ($4,000). Receive an exclusive meet-and-gree with sports celebrities and other personalities, autographed football and picture with coach Tressel, autographed basketball by Buckeye greats Funderburke, Jimmy Jackson, Michael Redd, Clark Kellogg, and coach Thad Matta, VIP reserved seating for twelve, and sponsorship recognition.
  • All-Star Sponsorsip Package ($2,000). Exclusive meet-and-greet with sports celebrities and other personalities, autographed football and picture with coach Tressel, courtside seating for six, and recognitition as sponsor.
  • Tickets For Couple ($450).
  • Individual Ticket ($250).

To RSVP for the event call (614) 750-1541 or drp an e-mail to info@lfyo.org. Cocktail dress is requested.

Eddie Merlot’s is located at 1570 Polaris Parkway just outside the Polaris Fashion Place Mall.

Delaware City Art Center Gives Back in June

Delaware City Art Center Gives Back in June

Delaware-20110519-00034City Art Center will take a moment to give back to those that made it possible for the non-profit organization to get off the ground in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio.

The work to be featured during Main Street Delaware’s First Friday celebration will highlight those artists that have given their time, energy, art, and money to make the location a realty.

The opening reception will be on Friday, June 3, from 6-9 p.m. However, the exhibit will remain on display through June 25.

Gallery hours are Thursday 1-4 p.m., Friday 4-7 p.m., and Saturday 2-7 p.m. Additional hours are by appointment.

City Art Center is located in the Strand Art Complex at 22 East Winter Street in downtown Delaware, Ohio.

Poweell Announces Memorial Day Events

Poweell Announces Memorial Day Events

IMG00085-20101121-1453The City of Powell’s Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30.

After the parade, a ceremony honoring veterans past and present will take place at the Greater Powell Veterans Memorial.

Adjacent to the Memorial again this year will be the Ohio Flags of Honor display, a moving tribute to more than 200 Ohio soldiers who have been killed in the War on Terror. The display, which features more than 500 American flags in total, will be installed on Saturday, May 28. An opening ceremony conducted by members of Boy Scout Troop 428 will begin at noon on May 28, and a changing of the guard will occur every two hours until 6 p.m. and continue on Sunday, May 29.

The Flags of Honor display will be taken down after official closing ceremonies on May 30.

Orange Libary: The First Take

Orange Libary: The First Take

Orange-20110525-00079The official grand-opening was earlier this month, however we finally got a chance to visit the newest Delaware County District Library in Orange Township.

The location offers great access for anyone in the southern section of the county only minutes up U.S. 23 from Orange Road and the rest of Powell, Lewis Center, and Westerville.

I wasn’t impressed with the building as it went up from the driving view along U.S. 23. The modern design seemed (to me) out of place with the area around it. However, after taking the turn onto Gooding Boulevard the attitude totally changed. The hard edges are beautifully accented with bushes and unique pieces of art and features.

The inside is stunning. From an aestic stand point the building flows and has the ability to blend its modern feel with a warm country that blew me away.

Orange-20110525-00080From a functional stand point the building is layed out wonderfully. The 33,000 square foot building offers 39 new public computers dispersed throughout the facility. There are lots of nooks and crannies to dissapear into and enjoy a good book — or even write a blog post about the library you are sitting in.

The building cost $5.8 million to build and includes another $2.7 million in new equipment and furnishings. It has also allowed the library to add 26 new staff positions to cover the additional 3,640 hours the facility will be open to the public each year.