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Delaware County jobless rate is lowest in Ohio

The Ohio Dept of Job and Family Services has issued Ohio’s jobless rate for April and Delaware County is the lowest in the State at 6.6%. The State rate is 10.2%.

This isn’t too surprising as the southern portion of the county – where most of the population is – is primarily bedroom communities. The residents live here but work elsewhere. According to the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce, 60% of the county’s workforce actually work outside the county.

Neighboring counties have more jobs and thus higher jobless rates. Franklin County’s rate is 8.1% and Union County, where Scotts-Miracle Gro Co and Honda are located, is 8.4%.

The bedroom communities located in southern Delaware County are Powell, Lewis Center, Galena, Delaware city and a portion of Dublin (Muirfield). Olentangy is the largest school district in the southern part. Portions of Big Walnut SD, Buckeye Valley SD and Delaware SD are also located in the southern portion of the county.

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Road projects for Delaware County

Ever so often we receive a newsletter from the Delaware County Engineer’s office detailing their projects. I enjoy reading this newsletter as it has a lot of good info in it. This month, Chris Bauserman, informed us of the results of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act – the stimulus bill. He explains why so many local government agencies are skeptical and discouraged about the true impact of the ARRA.

Aside from the ARRA, some projects are already underway for the county. Some of them will affect the areas I frequently drive through:

  • Sawmill Pkwy extension to Hyatts Rd – complete Sep 09.
  • Orange Rd bridge over the Olentangy River – complete Aug 2009.
  • Orange Rd & Rt 315 roundabout – Aug to Oct 09
  • Liberty Rd realignment at Home Rd – Jun 09 to Aug 2010
  • S Old State & Lewis Center Rd intersection widening – May to Nov 09
  • Red Bank Rd bridge over Hoover Reservoir south of Sunbury Rd – Jun to Nov

There is a complete list of the projects at the Engineer’s web site.

Simple Observations While Grocery Shopping

Christmas is only two days away, so a trip to the grocery store was in order. I shop at either the Giant Eagle in Lewis Center or Powell because I like earning the discounts on food or gas. Yes, they’ve got me.

Dinner will be at one of my daughter’s home, so I only need to “bring stuff”. One of the dishes that’s always on my list is scalloped oysters. My Mom always fixed this dish and I love it. Now I fix it for my sons-in-law and myself. My daughters don’t like oysters … maybe its a guy-thing … they’ve heard the “claims” about oysters. Anyway, I’ve learned that Giant Eagle always sells out of oysters early so I needed to buy early. One year I waited too long and ended up driving to all the grocery stores from Powell to Westerville trying to find a store that still had some.

senior-citizensEither I’m getting shorter – a real possibility – or the shelves are getting higher. I was trying to reach a couple of the few remaining bags of oyster crackers that were on the top shelf. Couldn’t do it. Fortunately a tall man saw my futile efforts and said, “Lady! let me help!” You know you’ve reached “that age” when people call you “Ma-am” or “Lady“.

One of the things I enjoy about going to the grocery, is that I often see a client. This trip was no different. It’s so nice to see them and get the latest updates. How’s the house? How are the kids?

The store was out of REAL butter … only the unsalted version or the fake stuff was left . Guess that means I’m not the only one who doesn’t worry about cooking healthy for the holidays.

man-cell-phoneAnother thing I always get a kick out of is seeing the husbands who’ve been sent to pick up some last minute items. You’ve seen them. They’re standing there on their cell with list in hand talking to the wife and trying to figure out which of the items on the shelf she wants them to buy. Before cell phones, these hapless men frequently bought the wrong thing then had to make a return trip to buy the RIGHT thing. “I told you to get cream of mushroom soup NOT cream of asparagus soup!” Now, the guy would try to rationalize that the mushroom soup was all gone, and asparagus seemed like a good alternative because it’s an “odd” ingredient like a mushroom is. No … that just never worked, did it!

As I loaded my goods on the checkout belt, the lady in front of me saw my ice cream drumsticks and asked, “For the grandchildren, huh!” I wasn’t brave enough to tell her they were a treat for ME, so I just said, “yes”. Geez, can’t grandmas eat the fun stuff once in a while!

I’ve been fighting a bad chest cold for the past several weeks, so bought some Daytime Nyquil for chest congestion. Don’t we all love the little buzz we get from Nyquil? Well, when I was checking out, the cashier had to get the manager to come over to move the bottle through the scanner because the cashier was under 18 and not permitted to handle ALCOHOL! Who knew that Nyquil had THAT MUCH alcohol – especially the daytime version!

I’m now all set with the ingredients for “my stuff” and now only need to go to City BBQ in Powell on Wednesday to pick up the turkey breast I ordered. I really wanted their ham – it’s wonderful – but reservations had already been made for their planned supply.

Writing this post has made me hungry. Think I’ll check out those ice cream drumsticks.

Water fun in southern Delaware County

Today I had to traverse from one side of southern Delaware County to the other … something I do frequently. Since I wasn’t under a specific time limit, I took some time to take photos (see below) around the three main areas for boaters. It was a rather warm day in the high 80’s, so being next to water seemed like a good thing to do.

I first had to be up near Hoover Reservoir which extends from the east side of Westerville northward to the west side of Galena and beyond. I stopped at the southern part where the dam spillway is to snap photos. There were LOTS of Canadian geese there resting close to a picnic shelter. Given the “mess” they make, actually having a picnic there certainly wouldn’t be very appealing. There were also quite a few seagulls and brown ducks as well.

Northward on Sunbury Rd where it crosses over the reservoir, I stopped at another boat launch site to take some photos of the backside of some homes across the water. A couple of the homes have installed the huge rocks along their water frontage to prevent erosion. Others haven’t, and the erosion is obvious. There are many waterfront homes along Hoover. Because of a specific agreement with the City of Columbus, the water level can’t be raised as high as originally planned because the city would be responsible for taking the owner’s land away. (That’s why there are no waterfront homes along Alum Creek – they learned a lesson!)

Then my errands took me westward on Big Walnut Rd, so I took a brief side trip up Africa Rd to a boat launch on Alum Creek Reservoir. Not many people there, in spite of the warm day. However, it is a weekday, so most would be working. Or perhaps, the gas costs have curtailed some of the time spent on the water.

Back down Africa Rd to Lewis Center Rd which goes past the bottom of the Alum Creek Dam then northward along the west side of the reservoir. On this side of the lake, there are campgrounds, a beach, and a couple boat launches. One of them is for the sailing club. There’s something inherently peaceful about a sail boat, even though they were moored.

Also, on this side of the Reservoir is the Dog Park. Of course, I HAD to stop here. It was the busiest place … but it WAS a great day for the dogs to enjoy a swim. I wasn’t dressed appropriate to go inside the beach fence and potentially be subjected to “shake-baths”, so I stood outside the area. All I saw was large dogs, but then I heard a familiar sounding bark & snappy growl and knew there had to be a doxie somewhere. Sure enough, there was a short-hair … letting the big guys know who was REALLY the tough guy on the beach. I later learned his name was Scooter.

Continuing on with my errands near Powell, I went to the boat launch at O’Shaunessy on the Scioto River, which is just south of Home Rd off of Riverside Dr. Again, only a couple boaters in the water. As I was walking back to the WEENR-mobile, I noticed a bunch of carpenter bees were taking advantage of some flowering weeds to gather nectar. Better they spend their time here, than boring holes in nearby homes.

Since I seldom get any time off from real estate, I really enjoy the opportunity for these side jaunts to reconnect with nature and for a brief period of time forget about all the details of the real estate business. I need that once in a while to recharge the batteries.

Is Delaware County (Ohio) a yuppie county?

In Sunday’s Dispatch, a columnist was offering his opinion on how counties voted for the two Democratic candidates in the recent Primary election. In the article he mentioned that Delaware County voted much different than all the other 88 counties in Ohio citing that it was a “yuppie” county.

I decided to check the actual demographics to see if they supported his comment. The demos of the more populated southern half of the county definitely support the columnist’s yuppie comment. The numbers below are for MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME, % of residents having a BACHELOR’S DEGREE or higher, and the MEDIAN AGE of residents. The list is high-low by income.


  • 43082, Westerville: $95,618, 50%, 36 yrs
  • 43065, Powell: $83,484, 57%, 34 yrs
  • 43035, Lewis Center: $71,870, 51%, 31 yrs
  • 43021, Galena: $68,973, 38%, 40 yrs
  • 43061, Ostrander: $62,296, 26%, 38 yrs
  • 43074, Sunbury: $61,094, 25%, 38 yrs
  • 43015, Delaware: $51,422, 29%, 34 yrs
  • 43334, Marengo: $47,000, 8%, 36 yrs
  • 43066, Radnor: $41750, 16%, 40 yrs


Alum Creek Reservoir, in Delaware County, offers entertainment for the “whole” family

Copyrighted Alum Creek beach There’s nothing that beats the summer’s heat better than being on, in or near water.

On a recent warm evening, The Murph and I were driving by Alum Creek Reservoir in the Lewis Center area and decided to cruise through some of roadways that access the actual water.

Boaters were enjoying their time ON the water in their speedboats, sailboats or jet skis. The beach area was very busy with many families enjoying their play time in the water or cooking their favorite barbeque at the picnic tables nearby.The Murph’s nose was working overtime picking up all the yummy BBQ odors.

Those wanting a slower pace were sitting along the banks of the numerous inlets with their fishing poles in the water. Perhaps, if they’re lucky, they’ll soon be cooking the results of their efforts. Judging by their laughter, I assume that actually catching any fish is secondary to the good conversation they’re having with friends or new acquaintances.

Since it was a weekend night, one of the campgrounds we drove by was a flurry of activity with many tents set-up and folks getting ready for their Copyrighted Alum Creek Dog Parkevening activities. The aroma from cooking hamburgers and steaks again put The Murph’s nose in high gear.

As a final treat for The Murph, I drove by the fairly new Dog Park that the State created for the 4-legged members of the family. There are two large fenced areas – one for big dogs – one for the little guys. As long as they’re sociable, the dogs can run free to meet and greet others and sniff the ground to evaluate all the previous visitors.

Copyrighted Alum Creek Dog Park beachA third fenced area provides access to a special beach where they can bone-up on their dog-paddling skills or fetch a stick thrown by their human. Since the waves were higher than The Murph is tall, he watched the activities from the sidelines.

Nothing smells worse than a wet dog, so a local rescue group was offering free baths for the ride home. Why is swimming fun but baths aren’t?Copyrighted dog bath

After an hour or so of sniffing food, barking at people, jumping in his car seat, running with other dogs, The Murph fell asleep on the way home.

I suspect there will be other visitors to Alum Creek that evening that will do the same on their trips home.

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