Canal Winchester takes over cemetery; plus other CW news


CW takes ownership of Union Grove Cemetery
Following the recent dissolution of the Union Grove Cemetery Association, Union Grove Cemetery ownership was transferred to the City of Canal Winchester.

The grounds, located at 400 Winchester Cemetery Road, sit behind The Arlington Field of Honor and mausoleum.

“Union Grove has been the final resting place to many historic figures from the Canal Winchester community, and the city is committed to continuing the legacy of the cemetery,” said Matt Peoples, Canal Winchester director of public service.  “Because we did not have experience in cemetery management and we wanted a smooth transition, we made efforts to hire professionals to care for the property.”

Oak Leaf Management Company, a sister company of Day Funeral Services, will maintain the property and manage all details regarding burials and grounds keeping.

“Cemetery management is a natural extension of our funeral services,” said Richard Day of Oak Leaf Management Company. “There is room for expansion, and we will continue to offer traditional burials and other services.”

Cemetery office hours are Wednesday through Friday from 1-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.   To contact cemetery management, call (614) 837-7418.

Memorial Day in CW
Memorial Day ceremonies will be held in Canal Winchester’s Union Grove Cemetery, 400 Winchester Cemetery Road, on May 29 at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony, sponsored by Leach Benson Post 220 American Legion Auxiliary Unit 220, features keynote speaker Bobbie Mershon, Vietnam veteran and current Canal Winchester city councilwoman. Other ceremony participants will include VFW Post #10523, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Canal Winchester High School Band.
Relay for Life
On June 10, Canal Winchester and Groveport residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Canal Winchester and Groveport at Canal Winchester High School, 300 Washington St., to raise funds and awareness in an effort to help create a world without cancer. The event starts at 4 p.m.

Relay For Life is a community celebration where individuals and teams participate in activities and walk or run around a local track “relay” style to raise money to fight cancer. Funds raised through the event support cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services.

The American Cancer Society and Relay For Life of Canal Winchester and Groveport extend a special invitation to those inspiring individuals in the Canal Winchester and Groveport area who have won the fight against cancer to attend a special “Survivors Dinner” following the opening ceremonies and survivors lap.  The Survivors Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. and will celebrate survivors’ triumph over cancer.

To learn more about the survivor’s dinner and other Canal Winchester Relay For Life activities, visit

Summer Brew Fest
Destination: Canal Winchester announced an upcoming Summer Brew Fest, sponsored by Loose Rail Brewing, set to take place in historic downtown Canal Winchester on East Waterloo Street from 3-10 p.m. on June 10.  Enjoy great beer and wonderful music, including popular local entertainment. The evening will end with the Grammy Award winning country sounds of Ray Stephenson and Buddy Owens. Admission to the festival area is free and food will be available from a variety of food trucks.

For information, contact Karen Stiles at (614) 270-5053.

Music & Art in the Park
Canal Winchester’s Music & Art in the Park free summer concert series is held  the third Friday of May, June and July. from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  at Stradley Park, 36 S. High St. in historic downtown Canal Winchester.

Live entertainment, art demonstrations, Touch-a-Truck, and other activities will be offered. Guests are invited to visit the newly remodeled Interurban Depot (located adjacent to Stradley Park), which will host a public open house throughout the evening.

The remaining Music & Art in the Park events are June 16 and July 21. June 16 will feature a tribute to farmers and entertainment by 3 Cat Day. The series  concludes July 21 with live music from the Gas Pump Jockeys and the 10th annual Cruise-In, sponsored by C-Town Cruisers.

Attendees are encouraged to bring portable chairs or blankets due to limited seating. Picnics are welcome.

Visit for information.

CW Farmers Market
The Canal Winchester Farmers Market runs Saturdays from May 27 through Sept. 30 (rain or shine) from 9 a.m. to noon. The Canal Winchester Farmers Market is located in historic downtown Canal Winchester near Stradley Park, 36 S. High St. The market will be closed July 29 during the Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest and Sept. 2 for the Labor Day Festival.

For information visit or contact Karen Stiles at (614) 270-5053.

The Canal Winchester Farmers Market, sponsored by Jeff Wyler Chevrolet of Columbus, is operated by Destination: Canal Winchester (D:CW), a non-profit 501(c)(3) travel & tourism organization.  For information about Destination: Canal Winchester, visit


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