General Canal Winchester news


CW leaf collection
The city of Canal Winchester annual curbside leaf collection will run 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.

Historic Ghost Tour
On Oct. 22-23, the Canal Winchesters 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 help support the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society’s core programs and preservation projects. For information visit

Running Scared 5K
The Canal Winchester Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 5th annual Running Scared 5K and 1-Mile Family Run/Walk at 10 a.m. on October 30, at Canal Winchester’s Hanner’s Park. Participate in-person or virtually. Virtual participants can choose their favorite route and submit their results between Oct. 23-31.

Participants are encouraged to dress up in costumes for the race. There will be a costume contest, and prizes will be awarded to the best in the following categories: Adults – funniest, scariest and best team costumes; and Under 16 – funniest, scariest and most popular on Facebook

Visit to register.

This year’s presenting sponsor is Nationwide Children’s Hospital, making it the fourth year of its continuous support. This year’s award sponsors include the city of Canal Winchester and the Embassy of Winchester. Patron sponsors include Buffalo Wild Wings, Irelands Spa and Salon, Altercare of Canal Winchester, Canal Wigwam, Pediatric Associates, Inc., PT Services Rehabilitation, Inc., Bookkeeping Bliss and TS Tech. The water and food station sponsor is Dagger Law, and the mileage marker sponsor is Park National Bank.

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. 23 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 general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The DEA has collected nearly 15 million pounds (more than 7,000 tons) of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications through Take Back Day events over the last ten 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.

The city of Canal Winchester thanks partners and volunteers who have locally assisted in the DEA program, with special thanks to Diley Ridge Medical Center for use of their property.

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.

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Bed Tax Grant Program
The city of Canal Winchester is accepting applications for its 2022 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 that will 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 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 has been designated by Canal Winchester City Council to fund the annual Bed Tax Grant Program.

Grant applications will be 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 at the above address no later than Nov. 30. City council will make award determinations in December. Award checks will be drawn in early 2022 and all awards must be used within the 2022 calendar year. For information contact Amanda Jackson, finance director, city of Canal Winchester at 614-837-6937 or


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