Delaware city's annual bridge inspection program will begin July 29. Included will be the Springfield Branch bike path bridges over East William Street and U.S. Route 23.

Delaware city's annual bridge inspection program will begin July 29. Included will be the Springfield Branch bike path bridges over East William Street and U.S. Route 23.

These inspections will affect traffic flow:

July 29, East William Street, single-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

July 30, a single northbound U.S. 23 lane will be closed between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.

July 31, a single southbound U.S. 23 lane will be closed between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

These closures will allow the use of a truck for the inspection process.

Appropriate signs and traffic control workers will assist motorists around the work zones. Delays are anticipated; motorists may wish to take alternate routes.

Fine art, fine wine, great food, and local history will come together at Main Street Delaware's annual wine-tasting event on Friday, Aug. 22.

The Main Street fund-raiser will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ohio Wesleyan University's Ross Art Museum at Sandusky and Spring streets in Historic Downtown Delaware.

Displays will include works by local artist Linda Wesner, a bicentennial quilt exhibit, and Delaware memorabilia from days gone by. Several of Delaware's restaurants will serve selected specialties, and there will be a silent auction and raffle. Proceeds will benefit Main Street Delaware, the downtown promotion, revitalization, and historic preservation organization.

Tickets, $30 each or $50 for two, will be available starting Aug. 1 in Simple Indulgences and Beehive Books.

Grady Memorial Hospital is helping to sponsor the event. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available, and items are being sought for the silent auction.

For additional information contact Frances Hamilton, Main Street executive director, at (740) 362-6050.

Main Street Delaware's August First Friday celebration will feature a police crime-fighting observance and sidewalk sales.

Delaware Police will celebrate the National Night Out Against Crime with a variety of family activities. In addition to information on how to prevent crime in your neighborhood, police will have games and balloons for children and free hot dogs, popcorn and drinks.

Downtown's Main Street businesses also will have sidewalk sales. All sorts of items will be up for sale, many of them at deeply discounted prices.

The fun will start at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 1, in the heart of Historic Downtown Delaware. The August First Friday is being sponsored by Wanner Metal Worx.

The sidewalk sales will continue the following day along with the Saturday Main Street Farmer's Market.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) and the Delaware Area Safety Council are partnering to provide local employers with a money-saving discount.

Employers in private or public industry who actively participate in a safety council between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009, can receive a 2-percent discount on their workers' compensation premiums. Reduce either the severity or frequency of injuries by 10 percent, or keep both at zero to earn an additional 2-percent performance rebate.

For more information and to enroll, contact the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce at (740) 369-6221 or safetycouncil-@delawareohiochamber.com.