General Canal Winchester news

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. 26 at the Diley Ridge Medical Center parking lot, 7911 Diley Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The DEA has collected nearly 11 million pounds of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications through Take Back Day events over the last nine years. 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 then 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 information.

Township police officers placed on paid leave
Madison Township police officers Matthew Kidwell and Josie Grashel were placed on paid administrative leave for alleged misconduct following an incident they were involved in, while they were off duty, in the parking lot of BW3 in Canal Winchester around 2 a.m. on Aug. 10.

The Madison Township trustees reviewed the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office report on the incident. A pre-disciplinary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22. Both officers remain on paid administrative leave pending the hearing.

Township officials said police protection for township residents will not suffer as the police department will continue to have a minimum two officers on duty per shift as usual. Franklin County Sheriff deputies will continue to assist in emergency situations.

Drug Drop Box
The Madison Township Police Department provides an opiate prescription “Drug Drop Box” for the community. This drop box is located in the lobby of the Madison Township Police Department, 4567 Madison Lane, and is accessible to the public Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any person can walk-in and dispose of new or old pills, including prescription medications, or any other illegal substances and place them into this box with no questions asked.

Meet the candidates night
The Canal Winchester Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Meet the Candidate Night for Canal Winchester candidates on Oct. 17 from 6-8 p.m. at the Frances Steube Community Center, 22 S. Trine St., Canal Winchester.

CW hydrant flushing
Canal Winchester’s Division of Water will flush fire hydrants between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, from Sept. 23– Oct. 11.

The water department offers tips for residents when crews are flushing hydrants in your area:

•If you see a hydrant being flushed on your street, avoid running tap water, washing machines or dishwashers until flushing in your area is complete.

•If you see hydrant flushing crews working, please drive carefully and treat them like any other road construction crew.

During or immediately following hydrant flushing, tap water may appear discolored. Although a slight discoloration may last for a few hours, it does not affect the taste or quality of the water. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and poses no health threat.

Should you notice discoloration or other side effects from hydrant flushing, the water department suggests the following:
•If you encounter discolored water, shut your water off and wait several

minutes. After waiting, check the clarity by running cold water for a few minutes to allow new water to flow into your pipes. If the water is still discolored, wait a few minutes and check again. In some cases, it may be a few hours before the water is completely clear.

•Avoid washing laundry during scheduled flushing hours. After hydrants in your area have been flushed, wait until water runs clear from your tap, then begin with a load of dark laundry before doing lights or whites.

•If water pressure or volume seems low, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.

For information contact Canal Winchester’s Division of Water at 614-837-5623.

Messenger holiday publication schedule
The Messenger will alter its publication schedule for the upcoming holiday season. The Messenger will publish print editions of the newspaper that will be delivered to your home on three consecutive Sundays on Oct. 20, Oct. 27, and Nov. 3. The print publication and delivery dates for the remainder of 2019 will be: Nov. 17, Dec. 1, and Dec. 15. After that, print publication will resume every other week following the holidays on Jan. 12. Thank you for reading the Messenger!

CW trick-or-treat
Trick-or-treat in Canal Winchester will be on Oct. 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

CW leaf pick up
The city of Canal Winchester will coondcut curbside leaf collection from Oct. 7 through Dec. 13. To avoid water backup in the event of rain, leaf piles must be placed behind the curb along the street. Leaf piles may contain leaves only, as sticks, grass trimmings and other yard waste can cause damage to leaf collection equipment. Regular yard waste will continue to be picked up by Waste Management during scheduled trash collection.

Running Scared 5K
Organizers of the Canal Winchester Chamber’s “Running Scared 5K” are set to host a thrilling Halloween-inspired race and fun run in Canal Winchester on Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. Participants may race, run or walk a 3.1 mile course or a 1-mile course. Each course will begin and end at Roger Hanners Park, located at 458 Groveport Road.

The Running Scared 5K, presented by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, encourages runners, fitness enthusiasts, and costume-wearers of all ages to register early and “run for your life.”

For complete race and registration information, visit

Halloween in CW
Trick-or-treat in Canal Winchester will be on Oct. 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The VFW Post 10523 Halloween party starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Frances Steube Community Center at 22 S. Trine St. Canal Winchester Human Services will help sponsor entertainment for the evening.

Trick-or-Treat will be held rain or shine. Please use discretion when allowing children to participate.

CW Historic Ghost Tour
The Canal Winchester Area Historical Society will “bring history to life” in downtown Canal Winchester on Oct. 11 and 12 as it presents the 14th annual Historic Ghost Tour, exploring historic locations throughout downtown Canal Winchester.

Event-goers will be guided through a short walking tour as they are entertained by actors depicting people from Canal Winchester’s past. Tours will last approximately 90 minutes and will begin at 7 p.m. each night, with the last tour departing at 7:30 p.m. All tours will depart from the Frances Steube Community Center, 22 S. Trine St. Tickets will be available at the Community Center each evening of the tour beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are offered at $10 per adult and $5 per student aged 6-18; children 5 and under will be free. Please leave pets at home.

Tour proceeds help support the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society’s core programs and preservation projects. For more information, visit

CW Founder’s Day and Gala
The Canal Winchester Historical Society is sponsoring a two-day Founder’s Day event on Oct. 18 and 19 at the iconic Historical Complex, located at 10 Oak St., home to the Queen of the Line train depot, the Prentiss Schoolhouse and the O.P. Chaney Grain Elevator.

The events kick-off on Oct. 18 with a (21 and over) gala from 7-10 p.m., including music, food, libation and other party-time pleasures and the opportunity to enjoy a place rich in history and full of vision for the future.

On Oct. 19 the Historical Society is hosting a family-friendly Founder’s Day event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can fall in love with Canal Winchester as it was in times gone by… meet the weaver, the baker, the candle maker and others. No entry charge for this event. There will be goods available for purchase and games available for play.

Steve Donahue, president of the Canal Winchester Historical Society, expresses the Society’s desire to share the special nature of the beautiful site nestled along the railroad tracks.

“We have the opportunity to let others explore the history of Canal Winchester in the late 1800’s while creating new memories for them today,” said Donahue. “The Complex is a gem for our town – we are willing and eager to share it with others.”

Gala tickets are $60 each and $100 per couple and may be purchased online at or by check mailed to CW Historical Society, P.O. Box 15, Canal Winchester, OH 43110. Limited tickets available.

Run Your ‘Stache Off
The sixth annual Run Your ‘Stache Off 5K run/walk and 1K kid’s run will be held Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. at Canal Winchester High School, 300 Washington St.

The event is a Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office fundraiser (that has raised more than $20,000 to date) with 100 percent of the funding benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The race is open to all who wish to participate regardless of age or mustache growing ability. There will be food, music, and Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team equipment and vehicles on site for viewing. Race day registration is from 8-9 a.m. with the 1K for kids age 10 and under at 9:05 a.m. and the 5K run/walk at 9:15 a.m.

For entry fee amounts and registration information visit the Run Your ‘Stache Off 5K – FCSO Facebook page or visit

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