London tapped as a host for COSI Science Festival

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London Mayor Pat Closser (second from left) joins the mayors of Marysville, Delaware, Circleville, Heath and Pickerington outside COSI. The six cities will host events and exhibits next year as part of the science and industry center’s Science Festival.

(Posted July 25, 2019)

By Andrew Garrett, Staff Writer

London will be one of six central Ohio cities to host events making up the 2020 COSI Science Festival.

London Mayor Patrick Closser attended a celebration at the science and industry center on July 9 where the six host cities were announced. He was joined on stage by the mayors of Marysville, Delaware, Circleville, Heath and Pickerington.

A collaboration between local municipalities, the state of Ohio, businesses such as Battelle, non-profits, and education partners, the 2020 COSI Science Festival will be one of the largest science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) family-friendly events in Ohio history, Closser said. The festival will be free for any Ohioan.

A goal of the festival is to plant the seed for a love of STEM studies in the minds of youths and help develop a current and future STEM workforce pipeline for Ohio.

The festival will be held in early May 2020 over four key dates, but will feature STEM events in the partner communities throughout the year, Closser said. The events and exhibits London will host have not been announced, but last year’s interactive events included everything from a chemistry-themed scavenger hunt to a special exhibition presented by NASA.

The festival will culminate in an event called the Big Science Celebration to will be held on a Saturday at the Scioto Peninsula surrounding COSI.  More than 130 booths will offer hands-on, experiential learning opportunities and activities.

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The London Rib & Jazz Fest is scheduled for Aug. 2-3. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day.

London city council adopted legislation on July 18 that allows for the city’s safety service director to enter into an agreement by which the city of London will pay West Jefferson $112,000 per year for building inspection services. The city recently terminated its agreement with Clark County, which was performing the same services for the “same deal,” according to Closser.

According to Closser, the contract should continue to pay for itself with permit fees and the savings from not having to pay salaries and benefits as would be the case were the city to have its own department.

Sue Mosier introduced herself as the city’s new treasurer. Appointed by the Republican Central Committee, Mosier takes the place of former treasurer Jason Schwaderer. A life-long Madison County resident, she has lived in London for over 40 years. Mosier is recently retired from her position as child support administrator at the Madison County Department of Job and Family Services. Prior to that, she worked for Huntington Bank for 15 years, where she advanced to assistant branch manager and worked in mortgage lending. Mosier took the oath of office on July 3.

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