General Canal Winchester news

CW leaf collection
The city of Canal Winchester will begin annual curbside leaf collection on Oct. 4 and continue through Dec. 10. To avoid water backup in the event of rain, leaf piles must be placed behind the curb along the street. Residents are reminded that 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 Rumpke during scheduled trash collection. Note that city crews follow specific routes covering all city streets, as weather permits, and cannot accept individual leaf pick up requests.

Bomb threat suspect caught
The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department announced on Sept. 22 the apprehension of a suspect in the string of bomb threats in the Canal Winchester area on Sept. 12 and 13.

The Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in Columbus, identified the suspect as Yousif Amin Murbarak.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Mubarak was previously a Canal Winchester resident but was believed to be living in the Seattle, Wash., area. Mubarak was taken into custody without incident by FBI agents in Portland, Ore., and he is now awaiting an appearance in federal court on charges stemming from the incidents.

Celebrating history this fall
The Canal Winchester Historical Society is sponsoring a two-day event celebrating Founder’s Day at the Historical Complex, located at 10 W. Oak St., home to the Queen of the Line train depot, the Prentiss Schoolhouse, and the O.P. Chaney Grain Elevator.

The celebration kicks-off on Oct. 15 with a (age 21 and over) Gala from 6:30– 10:30 p.m. including music, food, libation, and other party-time pleasures. 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.

On Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Historical Society is hosting a family-friendly Founder’s Day event. 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.

On Oct. 22-23, the Historical Society, in partnership with Canal Winchester High School Performing Arts, will “bring history to life” for the 15th annual Historic Ghost Tour. 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 Canal Winchester Historical Complex at 10 W. Oak St. Tickets will be available each evening of the tour beginning at 6:30 p.m., or anytime online for pick up at will call (25 cent transaction fee). Tickets are offered at $10 per adult and $5 per student ages 6-18; children 5 and under will be free. Please leave pets at home.

Proceeds from these events help support the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society’s core programs and preservation projects. For information, visit

Tire Drive in Madison Township
Madison Township will hold a “Tire Drive” on Oct. 6 from 2-7 p.m. at Brobst Park, 5321 Winchester Pike, Canal Winchester. Residents of Madison Township, including the cities of Groveport and Canal Winchester, can recycle rimless junk tires. No commercial vehicle tires will be accepted. Maximum of 10 tires per household. Please bring your driver’s license or utitlity bill. For information call (614) 836-5609 or visit

Tree Giveaway
City of Canal Winchester residents may pick up a free tree at the city’s 20th annual tree giveaway at Stradley Park, located at 36 S. High St. in historic downtown Canal Winchester, on Oct. 16 from 9-11 a.m., rain or shine. Approximately 120 trees will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit one tree per household.

The annual giveaway and associated programs are part of an initiative by the city’s Street Tree Advisory Board and the Department of Public Works Division of Stormwater to increase canopy coverage, prevent soil erosion, and promote clean air throughout the Canal Winchester community.

According to Canal Winchester’s Urban Forester Dick Miller, “Distributing new trees to private property owners in Canal Winchester benefits us all and is essential in growing the city’s green canopy. The majority of tree canopy coverage is on private property and riverine corridors in Canal Winchester. Anything your street tree advisory board and storm water department can do to further the goal of planting more of the right tree in the right place is a plus for the city. Trees are the only part of the city’s infrastructure that will grow on their own and increase in value and function over time.”

The giveaway is open to city of Canal Winchester residents living within the city’s corporation limits only. Proof of residency will be required, such as a city water bill or driver’s license.

For information contact Canal Winchester Urban Forester Dick Miller at 614-834-5110.

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