Daily briefs

ODOT hosts public meeting on interchange

The Ohio Department of Transportation will host a public information meeting to share the latest on improvements at the interchange of Interstate 71 at routes 36/37 and proposed Sunbury Parkway at Northgate Church, 7097 East State Route 37, in Sunbury from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

ODOT officials will present a recommended route for the new road, timeline and the next steps of the proposed project. Comments may be submitted at the meeting or emailed by [email protected] by Nov. 4.

Two parks programs planned

Those wishing to participate in two upcoming Preservation Parks programs must register by Sunday, Oct. 23.

At the first program, “Sugar Skulls,” which will be held Oct. 30 at 1 p.m., attendees will paint a terracotta pot, take home a live plant, and learn about the traditions surrounding the Mexican “Day of the Dead” celebration. Cost for this program is $10 for materials.

“Trees for Wildlife” will be held Nov. 6, 1 p.m. There, participants will learn the importance of trees as a food source for moth and butterfly caterpillars, and how to choose landscape trees to serve as host species. Information will be provided on how to choose, plant, and care for native trees. There is a $5 fee for materials.

Both programs will be held at Deer Haven Park, 4183 Liberty Road; to register, visit www.preservationparks.com and click on the Register button on the home page. For information, call 740-524-8600.

Make-A-Wish planned at Olentangy game

Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana will honor 17-year-old Wish kid Mara at the Olentangy Liberty/Olentangy Orange football game on Friday.

Mara is a student at Olentangy Liberty High School battling lymphoblastic lymphocytes (cancer). There will be several other wish kids and families in attendance to help celebrate Make-A-Wish Night at Olentangy Liberty High School.

Mara’s one true wish is to visit Italy for a chance to experience her family’s culture and the food and fashion the country has to offer.

The celebration of wish families at the football game is part of a larger fundraising event coordinated by Powell Wish mom Marie Follmer to help grant Mara’s wish. Marie is one of 20 Central Ohio WISH. (Women Inspiring Strength and Hope), who are rallying together with Make-A-Wish to raise at least $8,000 each, the average cost of a wish for Ohio Wish kids.

The community is able to donate towards Mara’s wish by visiting http://mawoki.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1161631&lis=1&kntae1161631=D6EC6A549C474F3BBFDFC81C05894691&supId=341953118.

Marie’s 7-year-old daughter, Lyla, had her wish granted in 2015 and will also be in attendance.