Civil defense program topic

Suzanne Allen of Sunbury will talk on “The Civil Defense Program in Delaware County and Nationwide” on Tuesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Allen has interviewed local residents involved in this program and done extensive research. This program will be held in the Local History/Genealogy Room of the Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware.

This event is sponsored by the Delaware County Genealogical Society and is free and open to the public.

Immigrant to speak at church

William Street United Methodist Church has a long history of welcoming and caring for and about refugees and immigrants. In the past the church has welcomed and supported families from Vietnam and Iran.

On April 2, Walid Ali will be the church’s guest speaker. Walid will share his personal experience as an immigrant to this country. Walid and his family now make their home in Columbus. Tyler Reeve, from CRIS, Community Refugee and Immigration Service, will accompany Walid and will participate in a Q&A.

Additionally, as part of the Lenten mission, the church is raising funds for CRIS to help the organization provide support for refugees who have recently settled in the area and to advocate for others. Visit