SWACO will accept nominations for the sixth annual central Ohio Emeralds through midnight Friday, March 25.

SWACO will accept nominations for the sixth annual central Ohio Emeralds through midnight Friday, March 25.

The deadline has been extended from the original date of March 18.

Each year, SWACO honors the best and most innovative local ideas in waste recycling through the Emerald awards program. Nominees may be local businesses, institutions, communities, individuals or students.

The award categories are Leadership; Small Business/Non-profit/Institution of the Year; Large Business/Non-profit/Institution of the Year; Good Neighbor; Environmental Education; Young and Green (high school students); and Community of the Year.

Nomination forms are currently available online at http://www.swaco.org/EmeraldNominationForm.aspx. To obtain a written form, or for more information, call SWACO at (614) 871-5100.

Habitat for Humanity-Greater Columbus will hold several homeowner application meetings at the Habitat offices, 3140 Westerville Road, during April.

They will be held as follows:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2

5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday April 9

5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.

An additional meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Godman Guild, 303 E. Sixth Ave.

Monthly mortgage payments for Habitat homes are based on a percentage of total family income rather than a set rental fee.

For a list of documents to bring to the meeting, or for additional information, call family services director Lisa Jones at (614) 364-7014 or visit www.habitatcolumbus.org.

Volunteers of America will be opening a new thrift store in the Northwest Corner shopping plaza at Henderson and Reed roads.

The store is in need of donations for an opening in early May.

Sale proceeds benefit VOA's programs and services, including homeless shelters and job training programs.

Donations are tax-deductible.