The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is accepting nominations for its annual Music Educator Awards.

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is accepting nominations for its annual Music Educator Awards.

The awards honor individuals who are making a real difference in the community through their dedication to music education, as well as promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for music education.

Parents, principals, students and colleagues are encouraged to nominate music educators who instill and inspire a love of music in the children and adults of central Ohio. Three awards will be given to central Ohio music educators in the categories of elementary, secondary and community educators.

Each Music Educator Award winner will receive a monetary grant to be spent at their direction for a broad range of music education endeavors, from purchasing music, to instrument repair, to professional development classes for the educator.

The recipients of the Music Educator Awards, sponsored by McGraw-Hill Companies, will be presented at a brunch at the Hyatt on Capital Square on April 11.

For nomination requirements, visit ColumbusSymphony.com.


Communities in Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield and Union counties served by Rumpke will see their waste removal and recycling serviced delayed one day for both Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

There will be no collection either Friday. Customers with regular Friday pickup will be served on Saturday; customers with Saturday service will be unaffected.

Rumpke's regular schedule will resume Monday, Jan. 4, 2010.

For details, visit www.rumpke.com or call 1-888-786-7531.