The Central Ohio Public Energy Council, or COPEC, which gave Dublin residents a chance to lock in a natural gas price for a year will expire at the end of 2010.

The Central Ohio Public Energy Council, or COPEC, which gave Dublin residents a chance to lock in a natural gas price for a year will expire at the end of 2010.

The gas aggregation group that includes Bexley, Dublin, Gahanna, Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington chose to suspend the program earlier this year after natural gas prices decreased.

Previously Dublin residents who did not want to participate in the fixed-rate program could opt out at no cost. About 24,000 participated in the COPEC program.

The COPEC program will be suspended on Dec. 31, 2010, and members will automatically be given service by Columbia Gas. Residents can look at the market and choose an alternate natural gas provider; check out the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio online at

COPEC customers can also opt out the program before it is suspended by calling IGS Energy at 1-800-280-4474.

Dublin City Council and Dublin school board members will take to the streets to help raise money for the Special Olympics on Saturday.

The local leaders will be at the intersection of Bethel and Sawmill Roads from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 2 collecting money in a fundraiser similar to the firefighters' Fill the Boot campaign.

The fundraiser netted $1,000 last year and this year's goal is $2,000.

Candidates in the Nov. 2 election are also being challenged to take a morning off the campaign trail to raise money for the Special Olympics, said Stu Harris, Dublin City School board member.

Dublin resident and Republican candidate for the 22nd Ohio House District Angel Rhodes and Terry Brown, Democratic candidate for the Franklin County Auditor's office, have both committed to the event.

"We're asking candidates to take time off from campaigning and help out," Harris said.

Proceeds of the Oct. 2 fundraiser will benefit the Special Olympics, which included more than 2,600 athletes in Ohio's games last summer at the Ohio State University.

The Special Olympics also offers opportunities for year-round training and competition for children and adults with disabilities.

The Dublin Arts Council will host an exhibit by Benjamin Knepper and Kenneth Morgan Oct. 5-29, with an artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5.

The exhibit, "A Common Center: Benjamin Knepper & Kenneth Morgan," will consist of digital monoprints and paintings. According to information from the arts council, Columbus artist Benjamin Knepper works on two-sided paintings and Connecticut-based artist Kenneth Morgan creates computer-generated digital monoprints that consist of geometric shapes.

The artists reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 is free and open to the public. The event will be catered by the Refectory.

The exhibit is also free to view and is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

The Dublin Arts Council is at 7125 Riverside Drive.

For more information, look online at

An immunization clinic will be offered by the Franklin County Board of Health from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Dublin Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.

Required immunizations are $10 each for children ages 1 month to 18 years, plus a $15 assessment fee per visit. Cost for adult vaccines varies, and a $15 assessment fee applies. International travel vaccines are not available.

Only cash or checks will be accepted for payment.

No one will be turned away due to inability to pay for childhood immunizations. Shots for children will require shot records, and a completed consent form is required if a parent or legal guardian is not present at the clinic.

Call (614) 462-3160 or visit