General Canal Winchester news


On stage at CWHS

The Canal Winchester High School theatre department will present “Aida” at 7 p.m. April 26-27 and 2 p.m. on April 27. Tickets range from $5 to $10. Performances at CWLS Education Center Oley Speaks Auditorium, 100 Washington St. For information call 614-920-2680.

Dr. Bender Scholarship
Canal Winchester City Council will award two $1,000 scholarships in honor of the late Dr. John Bender, former council member, educator, and coach. Graduating seniors are encouraged to review eligibility requirements and submit applications online at Applications are also available in the guidance offices at Canal Winchester High School and Bloom-Carroll High School. The deadline for applications and completed materials is April 1. Recipients of the Dr. John Bender scholarship will be recognized at the April 15 Canal Winchester City Council meeting.

CW hydrant flushing
Canal Winchester’s Division of Water opens fire hydrants around the community twice each year during its fire hydrant flushing schedule.

This allows water to flow through pipes, enhancing water quality by flushing sediment from mainline pipes. Flushing verifies proper operation of hydrants and valves and maintains firefighting capabilities. Spring fire hydrant flushing will be between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., April 15 through May 3.

If you see hydrant flushing crews working, please drive carefully and treat them like any other road construction crew. If you see a hydrant being flushed on your street, avoid running tap water, your washing machine, or your dishwasher until flushing in the area is complete.

During or immediately after hydrant flushing, tap water may come out with sediment causing discoloration. Although a slight discoloration may last for a few hours, it does not affect the taste or quality of the water. Discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and is no health threat.

Should you experience discoloration or other difficulties resulting from hydrant flushing, the water department suggests:

•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 the new water to flow into your pipes. If the water is still discolored, wait a few more minutes and check again. In some cases, it may be a few hours before the water is completely clear.

•Avoid washing laundry during the 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.

Backyard Conservation
A free Community Backyards conservation workshop will be held April 20 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Frances Steube Community Center, 22 S. Trine St., Canal Winchester. It is offered in partnership with Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District.

Learn the benefits of rain gardens, rain barrels and composting. Canal Winchester’s Urban Forester, Dick Miller, will share planting recommendations and tips. Those who attend the free workshop may also be eligible to receive a $50 rebate voucher (dependent on homeowners location & while supplies last) on the purchase of an approved rain barrel and/or composter.

For information or workshop registration, visit or contact Amanda Lemke, City of Canal Winchester Community Affairs, at 614-834-9915.

Egg hunt
Hop into Canal Winchester on April 20 at 10 a.m. (rain or shine) for the Canal Winchester Community Easter Egg Hunt, to be held this year at Hanners Park, 458 Groveport Road.

Children up to age 10 are invited to participate. There will be over 6,000 colorful eggs, with special prize eggs in each age category. Age groups are as follows: under 3 years, 3-6 years, and 7-10 years.

Canal Winchester Joint Recreation District, in cooperation with Canal Winchester Human Services, will host the free family-friendly event, with special thanks to Lynch Retirement Advisors and the Brockstrong Foundation.

For information, visit or call Amanda Lemke, city of Canal Winchester Community Affairs, at 614-834-9915.

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 April 27 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. Canal Winchester’s collection site is set up in a convenient drive-thru setting, 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.

For a list of additional collection sites in other communities, visit

Madison Township Police statistics
February crime statistics for Madison Township, according to the Madison Township Police: 0 animal complaint, 4 assault, 8 burglary, 1 dead upon arrival, 14 domestic complaint, 9 driving under the influence, 2 drunk, 1 fire, 4 juvenile complaint, 3 mental assist, 3 missing person, 11 mutual aid, 2 public assistance, 1 recovered vehicle, 3 robbery, 1 shots fired, 4 stolen vehicle, 1 suicide attempt, 8 suspicious person/vehicle, 7 theft, 3 threats or harassment, 96 traffic offenses, 1 trespass warnings, 3 vandalism, 3 vehicle accident – hit-skip, 17 vehicle accident – property damage only, 7 vehicle accident – with injury, 4 vehicle impounds, and 272 dispatched calls.

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