The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is finalizing the "Balanced Growth Plan for the Olentangy Watershed. "

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is finalizing the “Balanced Growth Plan for the Olentangy Watershed. “

Over the past two years, MORPC has worked with 27 jurisdictions in the watershed area to prioritize areas for development, conservation and continued or expanded agricultural use, a press release said.

Volunteers from communities in Delaware, Franklin, Marion and Morrow counties worked together to form a planning partnership to create a balanced growth plan that serves the region, the watershed and the communities in the watershed.

The final plan is available online at http://balancedgrowthplanning.morpc.org/OlentangyRiver.aspx.

Jurisdictions involved in the planning process will have the opportunity to offer support for the plan in the coming months.

During September and October, MORPC held meetings for the public and community stakeholders to review and comment on the draft plan, which was available online.

MORPC will present the plan at local council and trustee meetings in the coming months to request resolutions of support by mid-February.

The Delaware County Veterans Association, (DCVA) Honor Guard will honor those who lost their lives at the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 12:45 p.m. Sunday Dec. 4, at the Winter Street Bridge in Delaware.

It is the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the U.S. Navy base that brought the United States into World War II.

Historically, the veterans of Delaware County have held a brief ceremony on or near Dec.7, to honor their fellow servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country and our way of life, the release said.

At 12:55 p.m. local Navy veterans will launch a wreath into the Olentangy River, follow-ed by a M1 rifle salute and the sounding of taps.

The time is selected to coincide with the exact time of the beginning of the attack in Hawaii, which was 7:55 a.m.

Commander of the Delaware County Veterans Association, Gene Fuller stated that due to expected cold weather and the age of many of the veterans who attend, the ceremony will last no longer than 15 minutes.

Genoa Township has announced trash pickup will be conducted only on Fridays, starting Jan. 1.

The township has a single-hauler contract with Rumpke, which currently picks up trash on Thursdays and Fridays.

For more information on this and other township announcements, visit www.genoatwp.com or the Genoa Township administrative offices, at 5111 S. Old 3C Hwy. Offices hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The city of Powell’s Parks and Recreation Department is helping children mail their Christmas wish lists to Santa Claus this holiday season.

A holiday mailbox has been placed outside the Village Green Municipal Building, 47 Hall St. Children may drop their letters to Santa in the mailbox. Santa will read and reply to each letter he receives.

Children should be sure to print their return address on their letters so Santa can write back before Christmas. A “Letters to Santa” form also is on the Powell city website (www.cityofpowell.us); kids can fill it out and drop it in the special mailbox. Access the form by clicking a link in the “scrolling news” section at the bottom of the home page.

Letters to Santa must be received by Dec. 9 in order to give Santa enough time to respond. Children may deliver their letters in person during the “Holidays in Powell” event, from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Village Green Municipal Building and Village Green Park.