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Franklin County's Community Gardens

from Board of Commissioners

Community gardens promote healthy, active lifestyles, and create new, productive re-uses of underutilized land. Community gardens also beautify our community while simultaneously providing access to fresh, local, nutritious foods. Franklin County is proud to offer two community gardens: the International Harvest Garden, located at 1919 Frank Road; and the Mound Street Community Garden, located at 50 E. Mound St. in the heart of downtown Columbus. These gardens allow gardeners to grow their own fruits and vegetables, mingle with and learn from other gardeners and be a part of a growing national movement toward making healthy and organically grown food available for all.

2015 Tree & Fish Sale is Open!

from Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District

Planting Ohio-native species of trees, shrubs and perennials can reduce soil erosion, create wildlife habitat, support pollinators and reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides. Native plants have evolved with our climate, soils and wildlife.

One example of this is the relationship between native plants and insects. Monarchs can use nectar from non-native plants, but need the native butterfly weed for the caterpillars.

Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District sale features native plants that are well adapted to central Ohio, as well as fruit trees to promote locally grown foods. Fish fingerlings are also being sold for stocking farm ponds.

For more information or to place an order, visit the Soil and Water website.

Earth Day E-Waste Collection Event - Saturday, April 25th

from Board of Commissioners

The Commissioners are again celebrating Earth Day by partnering with Goodwill Columbus and the Columbus Clippers to help keep e-waste out of our landfill by collecting used electronics. An e-waste collection will take place on Saturday, April 25th from 9 a.m. - Noon at Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane. Accepted items include: computers, monitors, cell phones, electronics and small household appliances.

Veterans Service Commission Selects New Director

from Veterans Service Commission

On March 9, 2015, the Veterans Service Commission (VSC) welcomed Mr. Rodney D. (Chip) Tansill to the agency as Executive Director. Mr. Tansill is a skilled and dedicated professional with 32 years of military experience and has a successful record of accomplishments in leadership, program management, workforce development, and administration. He is experienced in strategic planning, process management, leader development, corporate governance and customer service. He is committed to high work ethics and to the attainment of corporate goals and objectives while nurturing a values-based culture and ensuring a positive climate based on mutual trust and respect. Mr. Tansill looks forward to using his excellent problem-solving, financial management and decision-making skills at the VSC, which he developed throughout many challenging and high-tempo positions - culminating as Chief of Staff for Ohio's Army National Guard with approximately 1800 full-time employees and 11,400 guardsmen and women.

Children Services Accent on Kids: Spring 2015 Issue

from Children Services

Features of the Spring 2015 issue of Accent on Kids include:

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Cousins Make Kinship Family of Ten; and
  • Preparing Teens for Adulthood.

Click here to read the Spring 2015 Accent on Kids.

In Person Absentee Voting Starts April 7th for the May Primary

from Board of Elections

Absentee voting for the Primary Election starts on April 7, 2015 and continues through Monday May 4, 2015.

In Person Absentee Voting will take place at the new Board of Elections offices at 1700 Morse Rd., Columbus, OH 43229.

Elections will be held in the following areas only:

  • City of Columbus
  • Columbus City School District
  • City of Gahanna
  • City of Reynoldsburg
  • Village of Minerva Park
  • Village of Valleyview
  • Hamilton Township
  • Madison Township
  • Perry Township
  • Plain Township

For more information and In Person Absentee Voting hours, visit the Board of Elections website.

Clippers Baseball Returns to Huntington Park

from Board of Commissioners

Columbus Clippers Logo

Tickets are available for the 2015 season. Click here for more information. Opening night is Saturday, April 18th at 6:05 p.m. vs. the Toledo Mud Hens.

Metro Parks Nature Adventure Camps

from Metro Parks

Metro Parks' Nature Adventure Camps are designed to provide Central Ohio youth with the opportunity to discover and experience nature in an engaging, hands-on group setting. Campers will participate in fun outdoor activities, crafts and games. Metro Parks has been offering week-long day camp sessions since 1997. Programs are available for children in preschool through ninth grade.

Visit the Metro Parks website for more information about the camps and registration.

March is National Social Work Month

from Children Services

Franklin County Children Services takes this opportunity to celebrate their dedicated staff of child welfare professionals. FCCS staff is made up of 366 caseworkers and 416 support staff members; 202 of the 782 staff members are licensed social workers. Caseworkers are at the forefront of child welfare work, advocating for the safety, permanency and wellbeing of children. Support staff at the agency work in many different areas, offering parents assistance and guidance as they navigate through their individual cases, working to place children with relatives or family friends instead of in foster care, recruiting mentors for children, as well as providing many other services. Click here to learn more about social work at FCCS.

Veterans Service Commission Job Announcement

from Veterans Service Commission

The Franklin County Veterans Service Commission is seeking a Veteran Benefits Specialist. More information is available on the Veterans Service Commission website. The dealine to apply is Friday, April 3, 2015.

Smart Works in Franklin County

from Economic Development & Planning

In 2012, County Commissioners introduced a new effort to target the ongoing strategic investments made by the County into workforce development, job retention and job creation: "Smart Works in Franklin County." Through incentives, entrepreneur training and financial support, Franklin County encourages the retention and growth of existing businesses and the creation of innovative new businesses.

At the same time, the County invests in efforts to grow our smart workforce and to build smart partnerships to generate new discoveries that fuel economic growth. Because of these smart investments to improve the opportunity for economic development in Franklin County, the region continues to be a magnet for attracting and retaining smart and creative talent.

FCCS March Connects E-News

from Children Services

The March issue of the Franklin County Children Services Connects E-News is here! Features include:

  • FCCS Celebrates National Social Work Month
  • A Look at the Prevalence of Child Abuse in Franklin County; and
  • Tips for Today: Parenting Teens.

Click here to read the March 2015 Connects E-News.

Today's Programs at Your Metro Parks

from Metro Parks

Visit the Metro Parks website to see today's programs at Metro Parks or search for upcoming programs.

Free Tax Preparation & Financial Resources

from Board of Commissioners

Don't pay expensive fees for tax preparation or refund anticipation loans. Come to one of Tax Time's 40+ FREE tax prep sites between mid-January and April 15, even if you don't think you owe taxes. If your household income was up to $60,000 in 2014, trained volunteers will prepare your return and file it electronically for FREE. Call 2-1-1 for times and locations.