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Disabilities levy OK’d; 911 levy coming By MICHAEL J. MAURER ThisWeek Community Newspapers For more than an hour on Jan. 26, the Delaware County commissioners discussed the merits of various options to pay for the county’s unified 911 emergency services, projected to require $21million to upgrade and operate during the next five years. Also at the meeting, commissioners

approved a May levy for the county board of developmental disabilities in the amount of 2.1 mills for five years. The levy would raise $13.7-million over five years and would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $64.31 annually. Officials were surprised in November when a proposed 911 levy failed. “That was the first time ever a 911 levy had failed (in the city),” said city manager Tom Homan, asking the commis-

sioners to act with unanimous support. “We don’t want to see that happen again.” Commissioner Ken O’Brien, who is often the sole dissenting vote against spending measures, said he would prefer that a proposed 0.75-mill levy be broken into two parts, a 0.45-mill renewal and a 0.3-mill increase — but he said he would join his fellow commissioners in supporting this levy. Commissioner Dennis Stapleton spoke

for more than five minutes about how voters in Ohio and nationwide sent a strong message that they no longer will be fooled by separate tax votes for popular services while other government services are not held under the available budget. He said he would support the levy. Commissioner Tommy Thompson said Delaware should have the “finest 911 service in the country,” and that he would

support the levy. Powell police chief Gary Vest, chairman of the county 911 board, agreed that taxes are too high but the 911 levy is needed. With a Feb. 2 deadline looming for the May ballot, the commissioners appeared well on their way to approve the proposed 0.75-mill levy. See DISABILITIES LEVY, page A2

Dominion reduces planned condos

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10 percent, as Delaware County auditor George Kaitsa has said. It also argued that “voters are looking very carefully at any government activity which would raise taxes,” the report said The union said the township needs to collect revenue for the position of an officer working at the school. It also said that the police might be funded by the general fund, not just by the police levy that “passed by a large margin.” The 3.8-mill five-year police levy passed by a vote of 2,888 to 1,729 in May 2010. Gardner recommended “a 2-percent wage increase in 2011 and a 2percent wage increase in 2012,” the

Delaware City Council on Jan. 24 approved changes to the Dominion Homes development on Cheshire Road, the Communities at Glenross, that will reduce the number of condominiums planned for the area and substitute single-family homes. Although council member Lisa Keller expressed concern that the single-family lot sizes of 65 feet would lead to lower-value homes than the singlefamily lot sizes of 75 to 80 feet that had previously been approved, council approved the changes by a 6-1 vote. City officials said Dominion requested the change, which is designed to meet the current market demand. City planning and development director Dave Efland said the two major developments on Cheshire Road ultimately could account for almost 5 percent of the city’s population. “The goal is to try to continue the development in Reserves of Glenross, which has picked up in 2010, and getting going in the Communities at Glenross, the sister development to the east,” Efland said. “Dominion Homes has been in the forefront of development in these subdivisions, going back to the Parade of Homes (in 2005). Together, both of these developments are about 700 acres, 1,500 dwellings. Together they will represent about 4.5 percent of our population in our city today. These are major, major developments that we have made a major commitment in infrastructure.” The primary changes to the new plans would reduce the number of condominiums from 246 units to 180 units, and add 118 single-family homes. Efland said the changes to smaller lot sizes were not as significant as maintaining design continuity in the new development. “The two lot sizes at Reserves at Glenross and Communities at Glenross become similar to each other,” Efland said. “Reserves is still a little bit bigger lots, a little bit bigger homes, a little bit higher prices, Communities at Glenross is a little bit smaller lots, a little bit smaller homes and a little bit less in price.” Efland said community meetings had been held and many residents understand that changing con-

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See DOMINION REDUCES, page A2

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Lt. Andrew Spitler of the Genoa Township Fire Department gets ready to enter the water at Hoover Reservoir as part of ice-rescue training on Saturday, Jan. 22. See story, page A3. To see a video on the training, please visit www.thisweeknews.com.

Police union talks with Genoa stalled By BONNIE BUTCHER ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Negotiations between Genoa Township and its police union have stalled for a second time since they began last summer. At a special meeting Jan. 26, Genoa Township trustees unanimously rejected a fact-finder’s report for the police union contract which expired Dec. 31. The township declined to comment on the negotiations, but the fact finder’s report shows the “parties disagreed on the issues of wages and insurance.” The township and union agree on the other points of the contract, the report says. In November, the State Employ-

ment Relations Board (SERB) appointed fact-finder Joseph Gardner. On Jan. 7, Gardner met with both parties, who presented their stands on the two points of disagreement. His Jan. 20 report gives recommendations for each contested point. Regarding wages, the report says the union is arguing for a 3-percent increase for each year of the twoyear contract. Since 2005, officers’increases have averaged 4.3 percent, the report says, The township wants wage increases of 1 percent for the first year of the contract and 1.5 percent for the second. “SERB data shows the average increases for all Ohio township police departments in 2011 ... is 2.7 per-

cent,” the report says. However, the union compared pay for the township officers to that of neighboring police forces and said that “Genoa Township officers earn approximately 88.5 percent of the average pay of neighboring police units.” The township said that for 200609, “The wage increases . . . have exceeded the average percent increases statewide,” the report shows. The union also wanted to see the percentage of pay differential between ranks increased to 10 percent from its current 8 percent. The township did not want to see that changed. The township argued it could see a loss of tax revenue if property values decrease by the projected 5 to

AEP to reimburse County OKs contract to ensure healthy bees Sunbury $20,000 By BONNIE BUTCHER

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American Electric Power said it has overcharged Sunbury village more than $20,000 since 2005 for rented streetlights. An AEP representative told village administrator Dave Martin on Jan. 21 that AEP will credit Sunbury $20,201 over the next few years. “The credit, I’m assuming, will appear on our next bill,” Martin said. Martin said village council members asked AEP representatives for a list of all electric bills

in December 2009 to determine the total electric charges. Because of high bills, Martin said, “We started the review process to look and see if something was wrong.” Martin said council also received a list of streetlights that Sunbury rented from AEP. “We pay $6 a month to rent certain street lights (per light) and they provide the electricity to them. They come out and replace the bulbs when they burn out. If the light falls over they put it back up. That’s what the $6 a month buys

are, provides outreach and provides information to beekeepers on how to protect their colonies.” Ware said the bee inspection program has been active for as long as anyone can remember, at least since before he joined the department in 1993. “This has been true at least for 20 years and before then,” Ware said. “The department when I joined was very concerned with the health of bee populations throughout the state.” In 2009, the last year for which data have been compiled, Delaware County showed 28 diseased hives. Beekeepers are given training and information to minimize such infections. “Having this information is helpful for the state to be able to combat these issues,” O’Brien said.

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Delaware County commissioners on Jan. 24 renewed an annual $5,000 contract with the county apiarist, to ensure the local bee population remains healthy. “It’s routine county business, but it’s one of those issues that is important because of the pollination of the crops, fruits and nuts and vegetables and such,” said commissioner Ken O’Brien. “People take it for granted, but there are several diseases that go around that affect the colonies. That could affect our food supply if it was not taken care of.” O’Brien said Delaware County has the second largest beehive population in Ohio. “Out of 145 apiaries in the county, last year (the apiarist) inspected 136 of them, with 685 colonies in those inspected api-

aries,” O’Brien said. “Pickaway County had 834 inspected, but other than that, he had the second most of all the 88 counties.” Ohio Department of Agriculture spokesman Andy Ware said the state asks counties to appoint an apiarist and to report the inspection results. Beekeepers are required to register beehives for inspection. Ware said he would not call county apiarists and registration mandates; no penalties exist for failing to comply with the request. “If you have a colony, you are expected to register with the state, in large part because bees are so vital for pollination for so many different needs,” Ware said.” That’s why there are these protections in place. There are so many different diseases impacting honeybee populations. It’s a health program that identifies where problem areas

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Galena council OKs financial options By JENNIFER BOYTAR ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Village of Galena officials voted Monday to hire financial counsel and refinance some village debt. Council members heard from Paul Rutter of Bricker and Eckler, and Dave Conley and Emily Cannon of Robert W. Baird, who presented information on financing options available to the village regarding the former Galena United Methodist Church now

owned by the village. Conley recommended the village pursue short-term, one-year financing until interest rates for municipalities drop and a longerterm note can be financed. “The interest rates are high,” Conley said, “and this is not the best time for a long-term bond. We can do another one-year financing as the short-term interest rates are very attractive.” That note also would include funds for renovations to the build-

ing. Council members voted to hire Bricker and Eckler to shop for the one-year note and passed an ordinance authorizing up to $400,000 for the new note. Council also voted to apply for an Ohio Water Development Authority long-term loan that would be used to pay for the purchase of the wastewater treatment plant, bought from Delaware County. The 30-year loan is for about $546,000 and, if granted, is not

subject to refinancing. Should OWDA not grant the loan, the village passed an ordinance to retire the current debt and reissue another note. The council also voted to approve a 25-percent increase in sewer fees, effective Feb. 1. This increases residential rates from $40.45 to $50.56 per month or $151.68 per quarter. Delaware County Friends of the Trail representative Mary Kerr spoke to council.

Kerr is in the process of writing a grant application through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Clean Ohio Trails Fund for about $488,000. The monies would be used to construct a trail from Dustin Road to the Galena Brick Trail. Council voted to approve the application, contribute funds not to exceed $11,000, and agreed to maintain the trail upon completion should the village be awarded the grant.

Actors and re-enactors will portray Ohio personages from the Civil War on Feb. 12 during the 150th Civil War Gala Jubilee in the Statehouse at 1 Capitol Square in Columbus. The event will raise money to construct a Major Gen. William Starke Rosecrans equestrian statue on the Sunbury village square. Those depicted will be: • Union Gen. William Rosecrans, a Delaware County native, and his wife,

Anne. They will be portrayed by Tom and Linda Paul. • Abraham and Mary (Todd) Lincoln, portrayed by Gerald and Marilyn Payn. • Ohio Gov. William Dennison, portrayed by Bob Davis. • Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood, portrayed by actor Patrick Gorman, who played Hood in the movies “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals.” • Union drummer boy Johnny Clem, portrayed by Payton Seats. • Lucy Webb Hayes, wife of Union soldier and future president Rutherford B. Hayes, portrayed by Deborah Shatzer.

• Former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, portrayed by Michael Crutcher. • Victoria Woodhull, an early advocate for women’s rights, portrayed by Rachel Edwards. Also appearing will be retired Air Force Colonel Thomas Moe, a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. General Rosecrans Department of the Ohio Headquarters Unit and Ohio Statehouse 1st Ohio Battery A, Light Artillery are the sponsors for the evening. The Headquarters Unit is part of the Big Walnut Area Historical Society, a 501(c)(3)

non-profit organization. The dinner and program will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $100 a plate for the evening with $70 being a tax-free donation for the Rosecrans statue. A silent auction will also be held during the evening. All proceeds from it are a donation to the statue fund. Guests may use the Third Street or Broad Street entrance to the parking garage under the Statehouse. Tickets are available at http:// iTickets.com or by calling 1-800-965-9324. For more information about the evening, visit http://RosecransHeadquarters.org or call (740) 965-3582.

Disabilities levy OK’d; 911 levy coming Continued from page A1 The commissioners asked assistant county prosecutor Aric Hochstettler to draft three options for consideration Monday: A full 0.75-mill levy, and both separate 0.45-mill and 0.3-mill levies. “I think people have reached a tipping point with taxes,” Stapleton said. “There’s a lot of money there. It’s our responsibility. That’s why they put us here: to allocate the dollars in the right way.”

Stapleton said arguing that taxes must increase because a service is necessary might no longer be an option. “I would argue that this county has the $21-million (required over five years),” Stapleton said. “ The answer in my mind is, it’s not always more levies.” County administrator Tim Hansley said the 911 board needs steady funding, not uncertain funding approval each year. “They would like to have some certainty that it’s not going to be

every year,” Hansley said. “One option might be to fund the 0.45mill and then fund the difference through some other dedicated part of the sales tax or whatever you come up with.” Because the tax levy process requires two approvals — beginning with a certification by the auditor, followed by a certification by the board of elections — commissioners said they would hold an extended meeting Jan. 31 to ensure both approvals could be achieved by the Feb. 2 filing dead-

line. “As a commissioner, my intent was to support what the 911 levy committee said, and I’m prepared to do that,” Stapleton said. “But

dominiums to single-family homes was desirable. “It’s better in a relative and real world sense, no matter what the unit is, to have that (single-family detached unit) across from you than from a valuation and similar use standpoint than to have 246 condominium units across from you,” Efland said. Keller challenged the minimum lot size and minimum square foot size for homes, saying that builders often promise large homes and then build smaller ones. “I live in a neighborhood where we were told when we moved in that these are the (minimum) deed restrictions, but that was not what was being built,” Keller said. “That does not necessarily mean that five or 10 years down the road this is going to be honored. If you can’t sell $250,000 houses, then

why not go down to 1,800 (square feet) if that’s what the deed restrictions allow? That’s what’s happened in my neighborhood. They’re going down to the lowest that the deed restrictions will allow.” City manager Tom Homan said it was important that the city make the changes to promote the development. “I don’t know what the other options are, from the city’s standpoint,” Homan said. “I’m concerned because the city has spent a lot of public dollars in infrastructure that has a financing mechanism, so we have investment to protect as well.” Homan said the market has changed with the economy and some projects are being abandoned in other locations around the region. “It’s an imperfect resolution,” Homan said. “But it’s one consistent with the overall thrust of what we’re trying to do out there, which is creating a move-up level of home in this area.”

us,” he said. Sunbury decommissioned dozens of streetlights in 2005, when the village started a streetscape project. “We put in a new sidewalk and put in ornamental street lights,” Martin said. Council member Bill Metzler went to all rented lights around the village and found AEP was charging Sunbury for lights not in use. “That’s for street lights that apparently were removed during the streetscape but we continued to

be charged for them,” Martin said. Martin said the village receives multiple electric bills, which made it harder to tell if AEP was overcharging Sunbury. “It’s like a giant jigsaw puzzle,” Martin said. “The street lights in one end of town come from one bill, the center of town is on a different bill and the north end of the village comes from a different bill.” At its council meeting two days earlier on Jan. 19, Martin told council that an AEP representative told him to expect a reimbursement of $10,800, which would be a $300 credit per month for three years.

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volunteers, who make the Meals on Wheels program possible. Since November 2009, the number of meals served has increased from 13,699 to 16,565. Volunteers will work in the kitchen at the Council for Older Adults, 800 Cheshire Road in Delaware. Kitchen volunteer jobs are flexible. Volunteers can work the hours they want and do the jobs they prefer. Training is provided. For information, call Amy Brown at (740) 203-2355.

Senior Citizens Inc. of Delaware County will hold two free classes to help people better manage their health. “Healthy U” will run from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, from Feb. 1 to March 8. The class will help people with chronic health problems learn ways to manage their conditions. The “Diabetes Self-Management Program” will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays, from Feb. 3 to March 10. This is a small group workshop for people who live with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. Classes will be held at the Center for Older Adults, 800 Cheshire Road, Suite B, in Delaware. These programs will be conducted by LifeCare Alliance. For information, call Sandy Miller at (740) 369-5133.

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Recycling bin moved in Sunbury

The community recycling bin serving Sunbury will be moved to the Vineyard Church on Friday. The bin move will be permanent, according to Keep Delaware County Beautiful coordinator Jenifer Way-Young. The move was requested by owners of the Big Walnut Plaza, the bin has been stationed Volunteers needed where for the last several years. for meals program The Vineyard Church is at The Delaware County Coun- 1001 W. Cherry St., which is cil for Older Adults is seeking on the north side of the road and west of the current bin lokitchen volunteers. The need has increased for cation.

By BONNIE BUTCHER ThisWeek Community Newspapers Twenty emergency personnel from five area departments braved frigid temperatures Jan. 22 to practice ice rescue. The Genoa Township Fire Department held the training session with personnel from the Tri-Township Fire Department, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Westerville Fire Department and Delaware County Dive Team, said Genoa Township fire chief Gary Honeycutt. Training was held in a classroom and in Hoover Reservoir at Red Bank Harbor. “This is a special training session that is ice-rescue specific,” said Genoa Lt. Andrew Spitler. In addition to ice training, the township’s

water rescue teams train every Monday. Water rescuers have to be skilled scuba divers, no matter what the weather conditions, Honeycutt said. “The importance of this training is to become comfortable in cold water, to gain confidence in diving under an ice shelf, and to train for a quick and safe ice rescue response for when an incident arises,” Honeycutt said. “Ice rescue differs from warmer season water rescue mainly due to the colder climates. We wear thermal liners under our dive suits and ice rescue suits in the winter,” Spitler said. The Genoa department has 13 full-time ice rescue divers and at least three divers available for immediate response at any given time, Honeycutt said. “Sub-surface diving is a very specialized rescue discipline, particularly in this area due

to the black water conditions. ... Divers are unable to see their hands in front of their faces just 5 feet under water. This means that all rescues are performed by systematic search patterns and the sense of touch. This type of rescue takes multiple hours of training to perfect. Not only the diving portion but the communication necessary to complete the patterns,” Honeycutt said. Along with the initial training, the township fire department has invested 3,359 hours into ice and water rescue training, Honeycutt said. Honeycutt and Spitler warn that there is “no such thing as 100 percent safe ice.” Ice must be at least four inches thick to walk on. It must be five inches thick for snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles, and 8 to 12 inches thick for cars and small trucks, they said.

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GENOA Continued from page A1 report said. The township wants the police employees to contribute to their health insurance deductible. The township currently pays the full amount. The township wants the employee to pay $200 for single coverage and $400 for family coverage in 2011, $300 for single coverage and $600 for family coverage in 2012, $400 for single coverage and $800 for family coverage in 2013, the report says. The township currently pays $1,200 for the single coverage and the $2,400 for family coverage. The township incurred a 27percent insurance renewal increase in 2010, the report said.

The township said if the employees contribute to the deductible, they would be more “consumer-minded about their health spending.” The union wants to continue with the township paying the full deductible, and Gardner agreed, the report said. Gardner also said the township should develop a labor-management insurance committee that could help with shopping for better insurance rates, educating the members about rising health care costs and reporting on what insurance uses could be driving up health care costs. The stall negotiation process will return to SERB. The township is negotiating separately with both the police and fire bargaining units. Both contracts expired Dec. 31.

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Rachel Robinson, the widow of Major League Baseball’s Jackie Robinson, was honored Jan. 27 with Ohio Wesleyan University’s Branch Rickey Award, given for her “exceptional personal contribution and commitment to the goal of full equality for all,” according to information from OWU. After the ceremony, OWU president Rock Jones announced that the award was being renamed the “Branch Rickey-Jackie Robinson Award presented by Ohio Wesleyan University.” Robinson, who was unable to attend the ceremony, sent a taped message to share with the crowd. In it, she thanked OWU for the honor and said, according to a news release, “Jack and Branch were a daring couple. The extraordinary partnership between them not only led to important social changes in America, but also became a rich example of what we, as people, can accomplish when we allow ourselves to trust each other and fight together.” Branch B. Rickey, Rickey’s grandson, who helped to create the Rickey Award in 1988, attended the ceremony. Both grandfather and grandson were OWU alumni, graduating in 1904 and 1967, respectively. After the ceremony, Rickey presented a lecture titled “More than Sport: The Branch Rickey-Jackie Robinson Legacy.”

Men’s sketch show to visit OWU The MENding Monologues will be performed at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center’s Benes Rooms at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5. The program, inspired by Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” uses sketch comedy, slam poetry and monologues to promote ending violence against women. In the cast is the 2007-2008 World Grand Slam Poetry Champion and Ohio native Ed Mabrey. The show is free, although donations will be accepted to benefit a local women’s shelter. A question-and-answer session will follow. For more information, visit www.TheMENding.org.

One person’s getaway is another’s same-old My husband and I took advantage of one of those “winter getaway” offers and got away. We didn’t get far, of course. We never do. If warm sands and palm trees call to us, they need to speak up. All we hear when the urge to flee strikes are the chilly, wet sands of Lakeside and the blowing snows of southern Ohio. Perhaps ice is interfering with our reception. We do understand that three days in Hocking Hills merely exchanges flat for hilly. Otherwise, as this brief comparison illustrates, we may as well stay put: In Hocking Hills: it’s cold. At home: it’s cold. In Hocking Hills: it’s quiet. At home: it’s quiet. In Hocking Hills: we have no near neighbors. At home: we have no near neighbors. In Hocking Hills: we have a septic tank. At home: we have a septic tank. In Hocking Hills: we are encouraged to conserve water and use our towels more than once. At home: we conserve water and we certainly use our towels more than once. Not that we were unable to distinguish any differences between our getaway cottage and our own house. The differences were threefold: 1. We didn’t bring the dog, which allowed us to sleep longer than his bladder usually dictates; 2. We didn’t prepare our own meals, which allowed us to eat quiche and butternut squash ravioli instead of something that, well, wasn’t quiche and butternut squash ravioli. And 3, having distanced ourselves from whatever we should have been doing at home, we were free to do almost nothing, which in this case turned out to involve reading the entries in the journals that are so often placed in lodgings like these. The first page of the journal usually is filled by the innkeeper, who encourages guests to share their experiences with others. What follows is a mixture of styles and expressions. Some peo-

ple praise the silence and the isolation, using phrases such as “relax and renew” and “quiet beauty of the woods.” MARGO Some throw BARTLETT their backs out striving for poignant simplicity: “I was happy here.” One guest described rediscovering her love for her husband, then went on to transcribe, in tiny cursive, a long series of biblical passages, with citations that took up most of the left margin. How she managed to rediscover anything besides writer’s cramp before checkout time remains a mystery. Many guests wrote the name of the inn vertically on the page, then found words for each letter: Comfort. Elegant dinners. Downtime. I usually stopped reading two or three letters in, thus protecting my sensibilities from contrived entries such as “Really nice” or “Feels good to relax and renew.” A final subset of journal writers includes those who came to the woods to frolic. These are the people who speak in coy euphemisms, the most popular of which is “if you know what I mean.” “If you know what I mean” can make even the most innocent comment sound salacious, like something you’d never say to your grandmother. “I came here to enjoy the quiet beauty of the woods, if you know what I mean.” Many of these writers — nearly all of them are female — follow that up with little smiley faces, which in my mind, anyway, translate to ladylike snickers. If you know what I mean. Others don’t bother to be discreet. In another journal, in another cottage on another getaway, my husband and I read entries out loud off and on all weekend, our horror at the revelations mixed with a sort of grisly fascination: “Me and my boyfriend just loved the hot tub …” “We came here to

celebrate the end of finals week and boy oh boy …” The entry that made specific mention of the kitchen table was the one that ended the game. I’m not sure we didn’t throw the journal down to go scrub our hands. Hot tubs, by the way, have somehow become synonymous with “Hocking Hills getaway.” Most resorts both have them and flaunt them as the best if not the only way to truly appreciate the quiet beauty of the woods. After reading that last journal, my husband and I vowed never to put so much as a toe in a hot tub again, and the fact that the inn we recently visited doesn’t have them was a huge factor in our decision to go there. Eeuw. If you know what I mean. Our inn did have whirlpool baths, along with showers and all the other amenities, and wherever water ran were posted neatly printed and framed warnings. “You’re in the country now,” each one began. Explanations of hard water, well water, septic tanks and dual-flush arrangements followed. Most were old news to us. “Isn’t it strange that we get away

by leaving the country and the quiet and the stars to come here, where it’s country and quiet and starry?” my husband said. We agreed that we ought to schedule our getaways in Manhattan, where it’s urban and noisy and glaringly illuminated.

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The following programs are offered at the Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St. For information, contact www.delawarelibrary.org or call (740) 362-3861. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. • Paws to Read, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5. Children may read a favorite book to a dog who loves kids and stories. Registration is required. • Fancy Nancy party, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8. Family program. Come in your fanciest clothes to celebrate the fancy world around us. Activities will include reading “Fancy Nancy” books by Jane O’Connor, having pink lemonade and cookies, making crafts and “sparkling” in a photo shoot. • Teen Café, 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10. It’s the annual anti-Valentine party! Dress in black to do non-mushy crafts and celebrate being individuals. • Paws to Read, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19. Children may read a favorite book to a dog who loves kids and stories. Registration is required. • Puppet show and workshop family program, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22. Two hilarious puppet shows inspired by Mo Willems’“Pigeon” stories will be followed by a puppet-making workshop. • Antique appraisal program, 3 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23. Bring up to two items for $5 per item to be appraised by Garth’s Auctions representatives. Adult program hosted by the Friends of the Library. • Open Story Time, up to age 6, 6:30 p.m. Mondays. • Toddler Story Time, ages 2-3, 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. • Picture Book Time, ages 4-6, 10 a.m. Thursdays. • Baby Time, for ages birth to 24 months, 11 a.m. Thursdays.

Susan Pohlman, author of the memoir “Halfway to Each Other,” will read from her book at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Beehive books, 25 N. Sandusky St. Pohlman will sign books after the reading. Pohlman and her husband, Tim, were about to end their 18-year marriage when they moved to Italy on business. They enrolled their children, then 14 and 11, in international school and began learning Italian and living an Italian lifestyle. By doing so, they became members of the same team again, and their marriage both survived and thrived. Pohlman was born in Dayton and grew up in New Jersey. She met her husband while both were students at the University of Dayton and taught in Centerville for several years. They now live in Phoenix but they visit Ohio twice a year. They may visit more often inow because their son has signed to play volleyball at the Ohio State University. Mel Corroto, co-owner of Beehive Books, said in a news release that guests will be invited to enjoy a glass of Italian wine in the spirit of Pohlman’s book. For more information about the event, call the bookstore at (740) 363-2337.

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The following programs are offered at the Community Library, 44 Burrer Drive in Sunbury, unless noted. For information, call (740) 965-3901 or visit community.lib.oh.us. February is Library Lovers month. Patrons can take part in separate weekly drawings for adults and children, as well as enter to win a special grand prize drawing of a romantic dinner for two at Bob Evans restaurant on state Route 37. • Family Arts and Crafts Time, 5 to 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. The next program will be Feb. 1. Cost is $5 per project; two people can work together. Registration required. • Library Lovers Night, 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5. All ages are invited for entertainment, refreshments and fun. • Wii’re Gaming! Wii games will be played from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday, beginning Feb. 8. No registration required; free. • Music therapy program, 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10. Music therapist Cindy Nawar, who earned her bachelor’s in music therapy at Otterbein College (now University) and music therapy creden-

tials at Ohio University will discuss music therapy’s benefits for children and adults with special needs. Children are welcome – “musical fun” will be part of the program. Registration is required; program is free. • Manga and Anime 101 for teens and adults. 1 to 2 p.m. each second Saturday. The next program is Feb. 12. Learn to draw and animate Manga drawings. Bring a laptop or one will be provided. Cost per class is $5. Registration required. • Open Computer Lab, 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Feb. 11, and 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14. (Every second Monday and every second Friday.) Thirtyminute help sessions are available. Laptops provided or bring your own. Advance registration is requested; walk-ins will be accommodated as the schedule permits. • Photography 101 for teens and adults, 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 (every second Saturday). Techniques and tricks for successful photography, including camera settings, lighting, cropping, composition, digital editing and online photo sharing. Bring

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Stratford Ecological Center Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Road For more information on the following programs, to register or to volunteer, call (740) 363-2548 or e-mail treebeing@ aol.com (registrations) or SECVolunteer@ aol.com (volunteers) or SECEarth Share@aol.com. Several volunteer opportunities are available in 2011. • Maple sugar tour guides: Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18 for both new and experienced guides, who will help with field trips in February and March. Call SEC to register. • Maple sugar season helpers:

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Volunteers will assist with tapping, hauling and cooking. • Farm and nature guides:Volunteers will guide small groups of children on “learning adventures” at SEC. Farm and nature guide training will be offered in two parts: from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18. • Other positions include farmer’s helpers, garden and greenhouse helpers; volunteers to help remove invasive species, landscape helpers, story readers, “Sunship Earth” volunteers and trail maintenance. SEC also is in need of a weekday and/or Saturday receptionist.

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Support groups ADHD Parent Support Group, sponsored by the Delaware County Family and Children First Council, meets 79 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month in room 213 of the Hayes Service Building. All parents, caregivers and family who have or know someone who has a child with ADHD are welcome. Call (740) 833-2328. No charge and no registration required. Parental Loss Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Powell United Methodist Church, 825 E. Olentangy St. For more infor-

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Delaware Hayes High School is searching for a football coach. Mike LoParo notified athletics director Clint Fetty and principal Brad Faust on Jan. 25 that he would resign at the end of the school year to accept the football coaching position at Hilliard Bradley. LoParo met with his players on the morning of Jan. 26 to explain his decision. He lives in Hilliard and his wife teaches at Bradley.

“It’s not football related at all,” said LoParo, who also resigned his position as a social studies teacher. “I wanted them to understand that. My children go to school in Hilliard and will be starting to play sports soon. It would be very tough for me to be here and there in the future.” LoParo guided the Pacers to a 16-15 record in three seasons, including the program’s only Division I playoff appearance in 2008. That season, the Pacers went 7-4 and lost to Pickerington Central 38-21 in the first round of the postseason.

Delaware finished 3-7 last fall, including 2-5 in the OCC-Capital Division. LoParo will replace Ted Wierzbicki, who was 5-15 overall and 1-12 in the OCC-Capital in Bradley’s first two seasons. “This is just a bittersweet situation,” LoParo said. “I’ve loved it here, but I think I have to go. I’ve struggled with the decision for days and I even struggled to go through the process at Bradley.” LoParo thinks that the success Delaware enjoyed in his three-year stay

will help the program land a quality coach. “There is a bright future here,” he said. “The freshman class is special, and there will be a strong coach here because of the talent and the great support from the parents and community. That’s the one thing I think makes the decision easier. The program is in much better shape now than when I took over.” Hayes is looking for its eighth coach in program history, but fourth since 2003. Past coaches have included Jerry Cornell (1961-80), Darrell Mayne (198184), Dave Brown (1985-91), Mike Mar-

shall (1992-2002), Brian Staats (2003), Jamie Masi (2004-07) and LoParo (2008-10). “We’re sorry to see him go,” Fetty said. “He did some great things with this program during his three years, helping us get to the next level.” Fetty said the position will be posted internally and across the state. Candidates will interview with a search committee that will include students, staff, parents and community members. bemerine@thisweeknews.com www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

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They’re important games for us because second place is within our grasp and we want to build some momentum and be playing well as we get closer to the (Division IV district tournament).

Big Walnut High School girls basketball coach Bob Scott feared the worst when Alexis Newman injured her right knee during a 50-23 win over visiting Watkins Memorial in an OCC-Capital Division game on Jan. 21. Five days later, his fears were realized when an MRI revealed that Newman, a 5-foot-7 sophomore guard, had torn her ACL and meniscus and, as a result, would miss the rest of the season. A first-year varsity player, Newman averaged 11.6 points in 14 games, ranking second on the team in scoring. “She was averaging about 11 points a game, so anytime you take that out of your lineup, that hurts you,” Scott said. “Other kids have to step up and score some points. We have to keep working on that.” Senior guard Tabatha Piper was leading the team in scoring through 15 games, averaging 13.3 points. Junior guard Kayleigh Hammond was third at 5.4 points, followed by sophomore guardforward Emily Chucta (5.2), senior guard Jazmine Reed (3.8), senior guard Julia Evans (3.3), junior forward Megan Walters (3.1) and junior guard Calen Williams (2.9). “That’s definitely a big loss,” Piper said of Newman. “She’s normally scoring for us. Alexis and I kind of balanced each other. When she would score, I would score. We’re working on (having other players score) in practice, having people step up. We just have to have confidence, and I believe in them and I think they can do it.” Newman dropped to the court when she felt pain in her knee. “I drove to the basket, jumpstopped and pivoted around to pass to Megan Amos when it happened,” she said. Newman, who scored a season-high 21 points in a 55-53 loss to Upper Arlington on Jan. 15, is scheduled to undergo surgery Feb. 8. In addition to the rest of this season, she will miss her AAU season in the spring but is expected to be ready for the Golden Eagles’ 2011-12 season. “In four months, I can start running again,” she said. “In six months, I can start playing again.” In the meantime, Newman will do what she can to support her teammates. “I’m definitely going to be the their No. 1 cheerleader,” she said. With Newman watching from the bench, Big Walnut likely saw its quest for its first OCC-Capital championship since 1997 end with a 59-34 loss at Olentangy Orange on Jan. 25. The loss dropped the Golden Eagles three games behind Orange in the league standings with four league games to play. Big Walnut also lost to the Pioneers 58-30 on Dec. 10. “I think the closest anyone (in the OCC-Capital) has been against

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Delaware Hayes High School boys basketball coach Jordan Blackburn is hoping that a victory over Mount Vernon on Jan. 25 might be the one the Pacers needed in order to gain confidence when playing against the better teams on their schedule. Entering the OCC-Capital Division contest, Mount Vernon was 9-3 and Delaware had not beaten a team with a winning record. The Pacers’ wins had come against teams with a combined 2868 record and their losses were to teams

that had a combined 54-11 record. One thing is for sure, the 71-37 dismantling of the host Yellow Jackets will be a memorable one for all involved. “We needed to beat a good team because losing close games to good teams in the final minute hurts our confidence. No more moral victories. We needed this,” Blackburn said. Senior Braxton Coleman, who was 9for-9 from the floor for 18 points, scored Delaware’s first eight points as the Pacers raced to a 17-4 lead after one quarter. It was 32-15 by halftime and 58-30 after three quarters. “Coach reminded me that I had played

Mount Vernon three times in my life and I hadn’t done much against them,” Coleman said. “He told me they wouldn’t remember who I was. But I think tonight they know who I am.” After a round of “Happy Birthday” echoed out of the boisterous locker room, Blackburn said he couldn’t envision a better birthday gift. “This is pretty special,” Blackburn said. “They made sure I wouldn’t forget my 30th birthday anytime soon.” Delaware shared the ball extremely well, as it recorded 18 assists on its 30 field goals. Many of Coleman’s baskets, especial-

ly in the first quarter, came off nice assists as the Pacers shredded the Yellow Jackets’ zone defense. “(Mount Vernon) didn’t think I was much of a threat and seemed to play off me,” Coleman said. “But when you have (Matt Bingaya and Mike Wells) out there doing their things, it opens the floor up. It led to easy baskets for me tonight.” Bingaya had six assists, to go with his game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds. He made buzzer-beating 3-pointers to end the first and third quarters. Wells had 14 points and four assists. Jacob Bosiokovic See PACERS, page A8

Delaware Christian Roundup

Boys basketball squad back on winning track By BRAD EMERINE

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The Delaware Christian School boys basketball team has rebounded from its holiday blues. After opening 3-0, the Eagles lost six of their next seven games from Dec. 14 through Jan. 8 to fall to 4-6 overall. However, they defeated Torah Academy 69-43 in a non-league game on Jan. 24 for their third consecutive win. “We had a 10-day break in the schedule after Jan. 8, plus it was a good part of the schedule and we took advantage of that,” coach Kevin Quist said. “We’re getting good scoring from Jeremy Glick and Hughie Kerins, Luke McGrath has been a monster on the boards of late and we have many guys stepping up on the defensive end. “Pete Kerins has been fan-

and he’s getting into opponents’ faces and forcing turnovers or making it difficult for them to run their offense.” Glick, who has averaged 13.6 points and 5.8 rebounds through 13 games, scored 16 in a 75-36 win over Madison Christian on Jan. 18. He had 20 points in a 63-60 win over Grove City Christian on Jan. 22 and scored 14 against Torah Academy. McGrath had 10 rebounds against Madison Christian and 11 against Grove City Christian. Hughie Kerins was averaging 10.6 points and Ryan Zinn was at 9.1 through 13 games. Delaware Christian is in third place in the MOCAL at 4-3, two games behind first-place Tree of Life. Second-place Gahanna Christian beat Tree of Life 60-41 on

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Delaware Christian’s Brenna McCullough is fired up as she shouts at Christina Grubich of visiting Gahanna Christian while they head downcourt during a MOCAL game Jan. 25. Delaware Christian prevailed 40-26.

Jan. 26, handing the Trojans their first league loss since 2006-07 and only their second since the inception of the MOCAL in 2001. The Eagles will play host to Fairfield Christian on Tuesday, Feb. 1, before playing at Gahanna Christian on Feb. 8 and

at Tree of Life on Feb. 11. “We’ll find out who we are with those three MOCAL games in a 10-day stretch,” Quist said. “We lost close games to Fairfield (73-68 on Dec. 17) and Gahanna (74-66 on Dec. 11), but we feel we can beat them.


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Tourney champs The Big Walnut Golden Eagles boys fourth-grade travel team won the Capital University Holiday DII tournament Dec. 29. Team members are (front row, from left) Nathan Montgomery, Jordan Koebel, Anthony Cunningham, Mathew Evans; (back row,) coach Gene Lawhun, Zack Herbert, Austin Sedlar, Mitchell Young, Brody Lawhun, Carson Becker, Adam Bash and assistant coach Dave Evans.

EAGLES Continued from page A7 them is eight points, so the chances of anyone beating them the second time around (in league play) aren’t very good,” Scott said. “That’s the bottom line. “Orange is probably the best team we’ve played this year. They’ve got size, they’ve got shooters, they’ve got good ballhandlers, so they’re tough to match up against.” In the Jan. 25 matchup, Big Walnut led 13-6 after the first quarter, but the Pioneers rallied to take a 26-20 lead into halftime. Orange pulled away in the third quarter by outscoring the Golden Eagles 22-9. Big Walnut went without a field goal during a stretch lasting more than six minutes in the second half. “It’s tough matching up with their post players, and they can shoot the ball,” Scott said of Orange. “We tried to take away their inside game, and for a half we didn’t give up transition layups and we did take (their post players) away. For whatever reason, at the beginning of the third quarter, we kind of lost it. They started scoring transition baskets and we got out of sync a little bit. That’s where we lost the game.” “The matchup was hard, but I thought we did a really good job in the first half,” Piper said. “In the second half, we just didn’t score.” Big Walnut has four regularseason games left, followed by the Division II district tournament. The tournament draw will be held Feb. 6. “We’re going to try to win the rest of our games and get ready

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At a glance Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Big Walnut boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, gymnastics, swimming and wrestling teams: BOYS BASKETBALL *Jan. 21 — Defeated Watkins Memorial 79-47. Joel Craig scored 14 points, Tyler Beam and A.J. Fleak both scored 12, Zach Mason scored 11 and Grant Beam scored 10. Jan. 22 — Def. Licking Valley 64-40. Tyler Beam scored 16 points, Seth Myers scored 14 and Grant Beam scored 11. *Jan. 25 — Lost to Olentangy Orange 57-49. Tyler Beam scored 15 points, Myers scored 14 and Grant Beam scored 10. *Jan. 28 — Played Hilliard Bradley *Feb. 4 — At Delaware. Big Walnut lost to the Pacers 63-34 on Dec. 21. Of note: The Golden Eagles were 58 overall and 3-6 in the OCC-Capital before Jan. 28. GIRLS BASKETBALL *Jan. 21 — Def. Watkins Memorial 50-23. Alexis Newman, Tabatha Piper and Calen Williams each scored 10 points. *Jan. 25 — Lost to Orange 59-34. Piper scored 14 points. *Jan. 27 — Lost to Bradley 43-28. Piper scored seven points. Feb. 1 — Home vs. Olentangy *Feb. 4 — Home vs. Delaware. Big Walnut beat the Pacers 59-50 on Dec. 21 behind 25 points from Piper. Of note: The Golden Eagles are 115 overall and 7-4 in the OCC-Capital. BOWLING Jan. 24 — Boys: Def. Hilliard Darby 2,177-1,902; Girls: Lost to Darby 1,321-1,179 Jan. 28 — Competed against Worthington Christian Feb. 2 — Orange at Sequoia Pro Bowl Feb. 4 — Thomas Worthington at Capri Lanes Of note: The boys were 8-4 overall before Jan. 28 and finished 2-3 in

for the tournament,” Scott said. “The good thing is that Orange is a Division I team and we don’t have to see them in the tournament.” “I think we’re going to work

the OCC-Cardinal. The girls were 0-10 overall before Jan. 28 and finished 05 in the OCC-Cardinal. GYMNASTICS Jan. 22 — Finished sixth (120.1) in 12-team Worthington Kilbourne Invitational, behind champion DeSales (134.4). Natalie Mathews placed eighth on balance beam with an 8.375. Feb. 5 — Delaware, Olentangy, Olentangy Liberty and Orange at Central Ohio Gymnastics and Cheer SWIMMING Jan. 22 — Boys: Finished third (27) behind Lima Bath (100) and Marion Harding (86) in three-team meet. The 200-yard medley relay of Kevin Meyer, Sean Conley, Joel Windle and Matt Heiden placed second (2:19.38) and placing third were Conley in the 100 breaststroke (1:26.54) and Carter Marsch in the 100 backstroke (1:22.65); Girls: Finished second (79) behind Bath (99) and ahead of Harding (44) in three-team meet. Finishing first were the 200 medley relay of Michelle Stefaniak, Jessica Osburn, Natalie Chatterton and Kelsey Peterson (2:15.05), Chatterton in the 200 IM (2:40.03) and Peterson in the 200 free (2:17.04). Chatterton placed second in the 100 butterfly (1:15.08) and placing third were Aria Dockham in the 100 free (1:08.85) and Katie von Hollen in the 100 fly (1:36.2). Jan. 29 — Competed in OCC-Capital championships Feb. 12 — Boys: Division II sectional meet at Thomas Worthington; Girls: Division I sectional meet at Thomas Worthington WRESTLING Jan. 22 — Lost to DeSales 40-28, lost to West Jefferson 68-12 *Jan. 27 — Def. Delaware 36-34 *Feb. 3 — Home vs. Mount Vernon Feb. 5 — Watkins Memorial Invitational *OCC-Capital contest

on things and finish strong, and that hopefully will help us in the tournament,” Piper said.

three sites they will compete on Feb. 6. In the Central District Preview Classic on Jan. 15 at HP Lanes, the boys finished 13th of 19 teams. Jones made the all-tournament team with a 683 series (222-246-215). “If Josh continues to bowl like that, he could advance as an individual,” Carnahan said. “I think Ray could also make it, as long as he doesn’t over-think every shot, like he sometimes has a tendency to do. Alex is borderline. But I think all of them have the capability to advance.” The girls team was 6-9 before Jan. 28. The Pacers finished 12th of 16 teams competing in the district preview. Although none of the girls had strong performances, Carnahan said a few could advance to district individually.

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At a glance Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Delaware Christian School boys and girls basketball teams: BOYS BASKETBALL *Jan. 18 — Defeated Madison Christian 75-36. Jeremy Glick scored 16 points, Hughie Kerins had 11 and Ryan Zinn added 10. *Jan. 22 — Def. Grove City Christian 63-60. Glick scored 20 points and Kerins added 19. Jan. 24 — Def. Torah Academy 6943. Glick scored 14 points, Zinn had 13 and Michael Sullivan and Aric French both added nine. Jan. 27 — Def. Northside Christian 60-29. Zinn scored 22 points. *Feb. 1 — Home vs. Fairfield Christian. The Eagles lost 73-68 in the first meeting Dec. 17. Of note: The Eagles are 8-6 overall and 4-3 in the MOCAL. GIRLS BASKETBALL Jan. 13 — Def. Mansfield Temple

had eight points, 12 rebounds and seven blocked shots. “We’ve talked about the fact that others are going to have to step up, especially against good teams, because Matt and Mike are going to be double-teamed a lot,” Blackburn said. “When you look at those numbers from Braxton and (Bosiokovic), that’s what we want. I believe in these kids and if we play like that, some pretty special things can happen.” The fast start and continual aggressive nature also led to transition baskets, including a pair of Bingaya dunks. “I think it’s finally sinking in, that if we play with that tenacity and urgency for 32 minutes, we can play with anyone,” Blackburn said. “That was the best four quarters we played consecutively this season. We went through a stretch where we’d fall behind by 10 points against good teams and then play with urgency. Now maybe we’ll play with this urgency all the time.” The Pacers hoped to carry the momentum into a league game Jan. 28 against Watkins Memorial. Entering that game, Delaware shared third place in the league standings with Mount Vernon at 6-3. New Albany was 9-0 and Olentangy Orange was 7-2. Completing the standings were Hilliard Bradley at 4-5, Big Walnut at 36, Franklin Heights at 1-8 and Watkins Memorial at 0-9. The Pacers play their final nonleague game Tuesday, Feb. 1 at Pickerington Central. The Tigers, who were 5-6 overall before Jan. 28, won last year’s meeting 39-38. Delaware will return to league play Friday, Feb. 4 as host to Big Walnut. •The boys and girls bowling teams have not had the best of seasons, but that was expected by coach Steve Carnahan. “Both teams are a young,” Carnahan said. “The boys’ season has been a little rough, but everybody has improved. The one thing I like about them is that we’ve had three different top scorers. We don’t have one guy carrying us. Josh Jones, Ray Getz and Alex Hohe have spread it out. They’ve all had good games and good series.” But inconsistency has plagued the Pacers, who were 5-10 before Jan. 28. Still, the Pacers have hopes of advancing to district when the sectional rolls around Feb. 18. Teams will find out in which of

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Delaware Hayes boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, gymnastics, swimming & diving and wrestling teams, as well as the Delaware club hockey team: BOYS BASKETBALL *Jan. 21 — Defeated Franklin Heights 79-48. Zach Parsons and Mike Wells both scored 16 points, Matt Bingaya supplied 14 and Braxton Coleman added eight. *Jan. 25 — Def. Mount Vernon 7137. Delaware avenged a 44-42 loss to the Jackets on Dec. 10. *Jan. 28 — Played Watkins Memorial Feb. 1 — At Pickerington Central *Feb. 4 — Home vs. Big Walnut Of note: The Pacers were 9-5 overall and 6-3 in the OCC-Capital before Jan. 28. GIRLS BASKETBALL *Jan. 21 — Def. Franklin Heights 6537. Caroline Welker scored 17 points and both Julie Bauer and Corsica Barber contributed 10, as nine Pacers scored. *Jan. 25 — Def. Mount Vernon 3833. Welker had 19 points, including three 3-pointers. Cindy Bowman added eight points. *Jan. 28 — Played Watkins Memorial Feb. 1 — Home vs. Dublin Jerome. The Celtics were 7-6 overall before Jan. 28. Jerome won the teams’ only previous meeting 77-43 on Dec. 28, 2004. Feb. 4 — At Big Walnut. The Golden Eagles won 59-50 on Dec. 21. Big Walnut was 11-4 overall and 7-3 in the OCC-Capital before Jan. 28. Of note: The Pacers were 9-6 overall and 5-5 in the OCC-Capital before Jan 28. *OCC-Capital game BOWLING Jan. 25 — Boys: Def. Olentangy 1,986-1,966; Girls: Def. Olentangy 1,772-1,728. *Jan. 28 — Competed against Westerville North *Feb. 4 — Westerville Central at Colony Lanes in makeup from Jan. 21 Of note: The boys team was 5-10 overall and 0-3 in the OCC-Cardinal before Jan. 28. The girls team was 6-9 overall and 1-2 in the OCC-Cardinal before Jan. 28. *OCC-Cardinal match

Christian 45-28. Lenora Boyer scored 12 points, Brenna McCullough had 10 and Haley Kirby added eight. *Jan. 15 — Def. Madison Christian 61-34. Kirby scored 28 points, McCullough had 10 and Sarah Harp added nine. Jan. 18 — Def. Granville Christian 6027. The Eagles outscored the hosts 42-11 in the second half. Harp led with 20 points, McCullough had 13 and Kirby added eight. *Jan. 21 — Def. Grove City Christian 62-49. Kirby scored 25 points and Jessica Kapraly added a career-high 14. *Jan. 25 — Def. Gahanna Christian 40-26. Kirby scored 23 points. *Jan. 29 — Played Fairfield Christian Feb. 1 — At Northside Christian Feb. 3 — At Millersport Feb. 5 — Home vs. Shekinah Christian Of note: The Eagles were 9-5 overall and 4-4 in the MOCAL before Jan. 29. *MOCAL game

Gahanna has some size, as does Fairfield and that’s what hurt us the first time around.” •The girls basketball team is as healthy as it has been all season, and the proof is in the results. The Eagles took a five-game winning streak into a Jan. 29 game against Fairfield Christian. The winner will be in second place in the league behind Tree of Life. Delaware Christian defeated Gahanna Christian 40-26 on Jan. 25 to improve to 9-5 overall and 4-4 in the MOCAL. The streak began Jan. 13 with a 45-28 non-league win over Mansfield Temple Christian and erage to 17.9 points. also included league victories Granville Christian (60-27). Junior Haley Kirby had 23 against Madison Christian (6134) and Grove City Christian (62- points against Gahanna Christ- bemerine@thisweeknews.com 49), and a non-league win over ian to improve her scoring av- www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

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GYMNASTICS Jan. 28 — Competed against Buckeye Valley, Olentangy Orange and Grove City Feb. 1 — At Upper Arlington with Buckeye Valley, Washington Court House Miami Trace and UA Feb. 5 — At Olentangy Orange SWIMMING & DIVING Jan. 21 — Boys: Lost to Westerville North 106-66; Girls: Won 105-67 Jan. 22 — Boys: Lost to Dublin Coffman 125-57. Girls: Won 89-88. Brittany Puthoff won the 200 free (2:04.14) and 100 breast (1:07.23) and Abby Kremer won the 200 IM (2:23.19) and 500 free (5:40.52). Puthoff’s time in the 100 breast is a school record and is the ninth-best Division I time in Ohio. The old record was 1:07.40 set in 1995 by Adie Curtrner. Jan. 28 — Competed in OCC-Capital diving championships at New Albany Jan. 29 — Competed in OCC-Capital swimming championships at New Albany Feb. 5 — Mansfield at Ohio Wesleyan in regular-season finale WRESTLING Jan. 22 — Competed in New Albany tournament. Def. Linden McKinley 676 and Columbus South 52-21. Andrew Nesselroad (135) and Andrew Sierawski (171) won both their matches with pins. Also going 2-0 were Wes Dunlap (103), Seth McCurdy (119), Mat Giannakos (125), Toby Cook (140), Raymond Simpson (152 and 160) and Ben Williams (189). *Jan. 26 — Lost to Mount Vernon 46-30 *Jan. 27 — Lost to Big Walnut 36-34 *Feb. 3 — At Hilliard Bradley Feb. 5 — Tony Rieman Invitational at home Of note: The Pacers are 1-5 in OCCCapital Duals *OCC-Capital match CLUB HOCKEY *Jan. 22 — Lost to Hilliard 10-0 *Jan. 23 — Lost to Westerville 8-2. Sam Hetzner and Jordan Tank scored. *Jan. 28 — Played PRPC *Jan. 29 — Played Newark *Feb. 5 — Westerville at Chiller North *Feb. 6 — Hilliard at Chiller Dublin Of note: The Tribe was 2-20 overall and 0-18 in the GCHSCHL before Jan. 28. *GCHSCHL game

That’s what Ashleigh Keller did last season. “She has bowled well of late, and I could see her returning to district,” Carnahan said. “I also think Tayler Kunce and Katie Fleming have the potential to do that. The three returnees, Ashleigh, Tayler and Shanon (Evans) have all improved this year and have learned to adjust from shot to shot by reading the ball.” bemerine@thisweeknews.com www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

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