Local residents, businesses, schools, youth and service groups will join volunteers on "Make A Difference Day," America's largest day of volunteer service, on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Local residents, businesses, schools, youth and service groups will join volunteers on "Make A Difference Day," America's largest day of volunteer service, on Saturday, Oct. 24.

In Delaware County last year, more than 300 volunteers representing families, service groups, organizations, and local churches completed 58 projects in the community.

A light breakfast will be provided between 8-8:45 a.m. at the Delaware Area Career Center North Campus. Projects will be assigned at that time and volunteers will be on the job sites from 9 a.m. to noon.

All volunteers need to register with Connections Volunteer Center at (740) 363-5000 or at www.delawarecountyvolunteers.org. Those with their own projects should note that at the time of registration.

For more information, contact Margie West or Suzanne Pingry at (740) 363-5000.


Tracey Wilson of Newark has been named the executive director of the Delaware County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

She will join the staff on Sept. 8 with plans to apply her development background to the organization, a press release said.

Wilson spent the last six years as development director for several charitable organizations including the Batten Disease Support & Research Association, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio and The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology.

"Gaining an executive director with Tracey's experience and leadership qualities presents a great opportunity for the chapter," said Don Grubbs, vice chair of the chapter's board of directors.

She earned a bachelor's from Franklin University in Columbus. She will relocate to Delaware with her four sons: Taylor, 16, twins Spencer and Hunter, 15, and Jared, 10.

Upcoming Red Cross blood drives in Delaware County include:

11 a.m to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, William Street United Methodist Church. 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, Kroger's Delaware Community Plaza. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, Buehler's. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, Delaware County District Library. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, Community Library in Sunbury. 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, Westerville Community Center.

Everyone who comes to donate will get a voucher for specially priced tickets for the "Hockey: It's in Your Blood" Red Cross Night at the Blue Jackets game on Oct. 13 vs. the Calgary Flames.


David Nunley, the preparedness-bioterrorism coordinator for the Delaware General Health District, recently returned from a month-long Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) trip to Cordoba, Argentina.

Sponsored by the Delaware Rotary Club and chosen to participate by the Rotary District GSE committee, Nunley joined three other team members and a Rotarian team leader touring Argentina and participating in a cultural and vocational exchange with members of about 25 paired Rotary Clubs in Argentina.

Nunley said the trip "allowed me to learn the various aspects and alternate approaches to public health and fire response. The newfound knowledge will carry with me throughout my professional and personal life."

Anyone who would like to attend a Delaware Rotary Club meeting (held most Mondays at noon at the Center for Older Adults) should contact Fran Veverka at 740-368-1700 or fveverka@delawarehealth.org.


A bat that bit a workman in the village of Ostrander last week tested positive for rabies, the Delaware General Health District said.

The man is receiving precautionary treatment against rabies.

The man was bitten Monday morning, Aug. 25, as he was moving a roll of carpet outside a house on Huston Street in Ostrander. The bat was captured.

Four rabid bats have been discovered in Delaware County since late July, two of them in the city of Delaware. The latest incident marks the third time this year that a person in Delaware County was given precautionary rabies treatment because of possible exposure to infectious saliva. The other two incidents involved another bat encounter and a man whom a state wildlife officer found hand-feeding baby raccoons.

For more information, call the Health District Residential Services Unit at (740) 368-1700.


The fourth annual David Liebchen Memorial Golf Outing will be held Sunday, Sept. 20, at Bent Tree Golf Club, 350 Bent Tree Road, Sunbury.

The outing will benefit VOICEcorps Reading Service for People with Disabilities. Westerville residents Rick Sellers and Gary Pietrangelo created the event in honor of Liebchen, former chair of the VOICEcorps board.

The day includes 18 holes of golf, with registration and boxed lunch at 12:30 p.m. and a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Appetizers, refreshments and awards follow play, and the event will conclude at about 7:30 p.m.

All golfers will receive a player package and gift pack, as well as use of the driving range and golf carts.

The cost is $95 per person. The registration deadline is Sept. 4.

Visit www.voicecorps.org for printable registration forms.

For more information, call (614) 274-7650 or e-mail sturner@voicecorps.org.


The Delaware Ministerial Association has released its 2009-10 program year schedule.

The group, which is open to all Delaware County clergy, this year will meet in members' churches. The Rev. Charles Wilson, rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, said in an e-mail that the idea is "to build a spirit of hospitality, and an atmosphere of openness and community."

The group's first meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at Terra Nova Community Church at 4277 U.S. Route 23.

Members last year decided that the focuses of this program year would be "spiritual nourishment" and their own relationships with each other.

"Our clergy, like so many others in our society, wanted to focus on how God was or could be speaking to us. Our new format gives us space and time to do that (W)e will focus on practicing what we preach," Wilson wrote.

For more information, contact Wilson at rectorstpeters@verison.net or call (740) 369-3175.


The city of Delaware's office of community relations is now using Twitter to send short updates to its user page and expand its communication efforts.

"Residents already are there: we need to join them and not be left out of the conversation," community affairs coordinator Lee Yoakum said.

By signing up at www.twitter.com and becoming a "Delaware_Ohio" follower, residents can receive headlines about city activities. Updates might include highlights of city council meetings, road projects and closures, and emergency information.