Delaware News

Main Street Delaware gives awards


Members of Main Street Delaware got together at the Strand Theatre on Feb. 12 for the downtown business group's annual meeting and awards ceremony.

A reception, catered by the 12 South Deli at 12 S. Sandusky St., preceded the event.

Board president Donna Meyer welcomed the members and their guests and pointed out the accomplishments of the past year, most notably receiving the National Main Street Program Accreditation.

She also spoke about the success of Main Street Delaware-sponsored events, such as the First Friday after-hours get-togethers, as well as summer farmers markets.

The group also is in the process of applying for 501C3 nonprofit designation.

Several individuals and businesses received awards for their renovation work, visual improvements, and other contributions to historic downtown Delaware. Recipients included:

• Ohio Wesleyan University, for the Memorial Gateway, its rebuilt pedestrian entrance to the academic campus on South Sandusky Street.

• The Strand Theatre & Cultural Arts Association and its chairmen Bill Rogers, Joe Diamond, and Mike Hoffman, for the Strand's new concession area and restored upper floor windows.

• Strand Theater manager Kara McVay, for outstanding contributions to the Delaware community and the downtown. McVay was honored for the numerous ways in which The Strand supports community groups and causes.

• Phyllis Walla Catania and Suanne M. Goings, for interior improvements on the second floor of 59 N. Sandusky St. Catania and Goings opened The Art Loft gallery and studio in that space last year. Award presenter April Nelson described The Art Loft as "an oasis of light and color and tranquility above the streets and the tree line."

• Lynda Elias, for the large mosaic on the rear exteriors of Not on the Corner Framing and Gallery and Beehive Bookstore, 25 and 27 N. Sandusky St. Elias, who is a retired Hayes High School art teacher, Virginia Corwin and volunteer former students spent weeks last summer transforming plain brick walls into an artwork of hundreds of pieces of mirror, tile, pottery and dishes. "Lynda through her work has shown us all that great public art is not inaccessible or mysterious, but within the reach and pocketbook of our community," Nelson said in announcing the award.

A complete list of award winners can be found at Click on Delaware under the "communities" heading.