Canal Winchester news in brief


Bed Tax Grant Program
The city of Canal Winchester is accepting applications for its 2023 Transient Occupancy Tax (Bed Tax) Grant Program.

The grant program is open to non-profits or private organizations located within the city of Canal Winchester to help fund projects to enhance Canal Winchester for residents and/or visitors to the community. Grants are funded with the hotel/motel tax revenue collected by the city of Canal Winchester.

Canal Winchester has levied a 6 percent transient occupancy tax (bed tax) that is imposed when lodging is furnished to transient guests by a hotel, motel, or similar business. One half (3 percent) of this tax is contributed to Destination: Canal Winchester, the designated visitors and convention bureau for Canal Winchester. The second half of the tax is designated to fund the annual Bed Tax Grant Program.

Grant applications are competitively reviewed and awards will be made to those projects meeting all requirements and the intent of the program. Grant applications are available on the city’s website. Completed applications must be submitted by mail or email to the attention of the finance director no later than Nov. 30. Canal Winchester City Council will make award determinations in December. Award checks will be drawn in early 2023 and all awards must be used within the 2023 calendar year. Questions regarding the grant program or application process should be directed to Amanda Jackson, finance director, city of Canal Winchester at 614-837-6937 or

Drug Take Back Day
The city of Canal Winchester and Diley Ridge Medical Center, in cooperation with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration, will host a National Prescription Drug Take Back event on Oct. 29 at the Diley Ridge Medical Center parking lot, 7911 Diley Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. Since 2010, DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, has collected nearly 16 million pounds of unneeded prescription medications. Canal Winchester’s collection site is set up in a convenient stop and drop model, allowing those discarding unwanted prescription drugs to remain in their vehicles, drop medications with collection agents, and continue on their way.

Note that collectors may only accept pills. Liquids (including inhalers and their refills), as well as needles or sharps, may not be dropped off. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

Visit for a list of additional collection sites in other communities.

Hinshaw named elementary counselor of the year
Beth Hinshaw, school counselor at Canal Winchester’s Indian Trail Elementary, was named the Ohio Elementary Counselor of the Year by the Ohio School Counselor Association at the annual All Ohio Counselors Conference held Oct. 17-19 at the Columbus Convention Center.

She has worked at Canal Winchester Schools for four years and during that time has built a comprehensive school counseling program to support all students in their educational journeys.

“Mrs. Hinshaw has an amazing rapport with the students, staff, parents, and community members,” said Indian Trail Principal Eric Riddle. “Her positive attitude, engaging personality, compassion, and energy are just a few characteristics that describe the accomplished counselor Beth is. She always put the needs, and best interests, of the students at the forefront of her decision making.”

Hinshaw excels at using data and research to develop programs that foster strong engagement and connection in her students. As a counselor, her role is to support the educational growth of students by addressing wellness and social-emotional health needs through building-wide programs, training for staff, and individual and small-group interventions.

“I feel so honored and humbled to be recognized for doing the work that I love,” said Hinshaw. “It is truly a joy to partner with the educators and families in Canal Winchester to provide the best learning environment for all students.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hinshaw and other staff developed the concept of individual regulation boxes for students to use at home when they didn’t have access to the regulation tools they used at school. She helped train homeroom teachers on the use of these tools so they could successfully implement their use during online learning.

Hinshaw also oversees mentor programs at Indian Trail called Guys and Ties and Girls and Pearls. Each program connects students with adult mentors, including staff, high school students, and community members. During meetings and events, mentors help the students develop leadership skills and positive skills.

Veterans Day in CW
The city of Canal Winchester, with VFW Post 10523, will host a Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 12. The public is invited to join veterans, local leaders, and distinguished guests for this annual patriotic event set in the heart of historic downtown Canal Winchester.

The day begins with a Pancake Breakfast from 8:30-10 a.m. for veterans and their families at the CW Community Center, 45 E. Waterloo St. The breakfast will be served by volunteers from Canal Winchester Senior Citizens Club, with food arrangements by the family of the late Fred Bivens, U.S. Air Force veteran and long-time club member.

A Veterans March will begin at the Community Center’s Waterloo Street entrance at 10 a.m. and make its way through the city’s flag-lined downtown streets. Veterans will travel west along East Waterloo Street, turn south onto South High Street, fare right on to West Columbus Street, and making another right on to Warehouse Alley to end at the greenspace of Stradley Place at 30 S. High St., where a traditional Veterans Day ceremony will be held. The ceremony will begin immediately following the march.

Veterans marching through the city’s historic downtown will be joined by several military vehicles provided by Motts Military Museum from Groveport. The ceremony will include remarks from Canal Winchester Mayor Mike Ebert and VFW Post 10523 Commander Rick Williams, as well as a patriotic keynote address. Other highlights will include a special performance of the National Anthem by Councilman Mike Walker, patriotic selections by CWHS Select Vocal Ensemble, a 21 Gun Salute, and the playing of Taps.

During October, event organizers request submissions of veteran photos to be included in an honorary digital exhibit at City Hall and during the Nov.12 celebration. Photos previously submitted to Community Affairs office will be exhibited again and do not need to be resubmitted this year.

Photo submissions should be copies of an original photo, show veterans or active military personnel in uniform and include the following information: name, branch of service, service dates or number of years served, and a phone number or email address for any follow-up questions. Photos can be mailed to the Community Affairs Office at 45 E. Waterloo St. Submissions may also be submitted electronically on the city’s website or emailed to Submit photos by Nov. 1 for inclusion.

Visit or call 614-834-9915 for information.

New Community Plan
The city of Canal Winchester is creating a new Community Plan – a long-range guiding policy document that will provide a vision for future development in the city.

The Community Plan will address topics including land use, community character, housing, transportation, natural resources, public services, and economic development.

The plan is being developed through a series of collaborative Community Workshops, at which Canal Winchester residents, business owners, and stakeholders can work together in an open and transparent environment to develop the key ingredients of the plan – including a vision statement, a statement of core values, and a draftfuture land use map.

“Taking a collaborative, workshop-based approach to creating the city’s new Community Plan gives us a unique opportunity to envision an even brighter future for Canal Winchester, helping us to remain ‘The Greatest Little City in Ohio,’ “ said Mayor Mike Ebert.

The first Community Workshop was Sept. 20-22, Canal Winchester. It featured a series of working sessions, focus groups, and public events that will take place. The complete workshop schedule is available at

Development of the new Canal Winchester Community Plan began in June 2022, guided by an active steering committee composed of residents, officials, and business owners from all areas of the city. The committee, and city staff, are working with McKenna, a planning and design firm specializing in midwestern communities.

Workshop presentations are recorded and posted on the project website, The next Community Workshop will be Nov. 9 and 10 in the historic Old Town district, further refining the ideas developed in September and focusing on community character and urban design.

Halloween in CW
The city of Canal Winchester will hold trick-or-treat rain or shine on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Immediately following trick-or-treat at 7:30 p.m., VFW Post 10523 will host a Halloween party in the Community Center, located at 45 E. Waterloo St. The free, family-friendly party will feature a costume contest, magic show, and goodie bags for all. Canal Winchester Human Services will help sponsor entertainment for the evening.


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