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* The Gahanna Memorial Committee has announced an April 15 deadline for bricks to be dedicated on Memorial Day.

To honor those who have served in the military, bricks may be purchased for placement at the Gahanna Veterans Memorial Park.

The cost is $25 per brick. A commemorative certificate also is available for an additional $2.

Brick applications are available in the lobby of Gahanna City Hall and online at gahanna.gov/vets or gahannavets.org.

Bricks annually are dedicated on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

* The Gahanna Kiwanis has announced that Gahanna resident Kate Koch Gatch (aka the Bike Lady) has been awarded its Good Neighbor Award for her extraordinary work in providing bikes to foster children in the central Ohio area.

"The Good Neighbor Award means so much to me personally and to all the friends of the Bike Lady as it belongs to them, too," Gatch said. "I am so thankful to Gahanna Kiwanis. It is my sincere pleasure to say that Kiwanis is truly a dear friend of the Bike Lady. Way to roll."

In addition the award, the Gahanna Kiwanis donated $150 to the Bike Lady Foundation. That equates to three bikes.

The Good Neighbor Award is granted to Gahanna residents who demonstrate Kiwanis values by serving the children of Gahanna.

Gatch formed Bike Lady, Inc. in November 2008 as an impromptu holiday bike-a-thon and incorporated in January 2009.

It is a nonprofit, all-volunteer charitable organization focused on providing new bikes, helmets and locks to the Franklin County Children Services Holiday Wish program (and now seven additional county child protective-services locations) for children with a history of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

"Kate is a remarkable person," said Buffy D'Amico, Kiwanis president. "She is a role model for all of us. Her hard work and selfless dedication to children inspired us to present her with this award."

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

For more information, go online to GahannaKiwanis.org.

* Gahanna resident David Morgan, a damage/claims/event specialist with Time Warner Cable, recently was recognized by his colleagues as a Mission and Value Performance (MVP) honoree, Time Warner's highest honor. Morgan was honored with a trip to Puerto Rico in March with fellow MVP winners throughout the country.

The MVP program is designed to recognize individual employees for their exceptional accomplishments and contributions in improving the quality of the internal and external customer experience.

The MVP Award program recognizes employee commitment to Time Warner's seven values of excellence, teamwork, initiative, innovation, integrity, inclusion and community.

Morgan has worked at Time Warner for 28 years.

* National builder and developer Wilcox Communities, with offices in Upper Arlington, is offering competitive prices for townhomes at Bedford Place in Blacklick.

Jonathan Wilcox, co-owner of Wilcox, said the Bedford Place condo community was purchased out of foreclosure about a year ago. The previous developer was Portrait Homes from Illinois.

"One of the things we're able to do when we buy a project is price existing homes at a lower price," Wilcox said. "These are usually the best value. We've been developing residential condo communities for a decade."

Bedford Place previously was approved to accommodate 215 two-story townhomes, but only 36 homes in Phase 1 were completed. Of those, 18 were finished and occupied.

To encourage the sale of those existing homes, Wilcox is offering prices that start as low as $89,900 for a 1,100-square-foot townhome. Other immediately available townhomes are priced at least 30 percent less than similar homes sold back in 2007.

"Our first goal is to sell the 18 townhomes that we acquired during the foreclosure process," Wilcox said. "Many of these homes were the original builder's decorated models with unique features and many upgrades."

Providing 1,069 to 1,659 square feet of living space, the townhomes are priced from $89,900 to $129,900.

The townhomes are all two-story designs that feature fully landscaped exteriors, which are maintained by the condominium association.

For more information, call 614-603-0371 or visit the builder's website: bedfordplace.com.

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