OMES to host blood drive

Olentangy Meadows Elementary School is partnering with the American Red Cross and Be The Match to host a Blood/Bone Marrow Drive from 2 to 8 p.m. Jan. 17 in the school gym, 8950 Emerald Hill Drive, Lewis Center.

The blood/bone marrow drive is being held in honor of Grant Fischer, a former student at OMES who is currently a 7th grader in the district. Fischer was diagnosed with leukemia when he was a 5th grader at OMES.

After many blood transfusions and a bone marrow transplant, Grant was declared cancer free. Grant is expected to attend the Jan. 17 event in his honor. The school is encouraging the entire Olentangy community to participate.

Trimmer Road project continues

The Delaware County Engineer will continue the Trimmer Road project between Ulery Road and Peerless Road for a bridge replacement. The road was closed on Nov. 9 and is now scheduled to open Friday, Feb. 10.

Farm Toy Show set for BV

The Buckeye Valley FFA Alumni Farm Toy Show will take place at the high school, 901 Coover Road, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The 14th annual show will offer 40 tables full of vintage and new farm toys, collectibles and NASCAR items. For information call Earl Lehner at 740-369-0262.

Zoo offers free admission

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will offer free admission on Monday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Standard parking fees will still apply.

“Martin Luther King Jr. taught us to appreciate uniqueness and diversity in one another. In that spirit, we invite all to enjoy a free visit on this national holiday,” said Tom Stalf, president and CEO of the Columbus Zoo.

LendingTree has grant contest

Small business owners face a long list of challenges, and for many, the obstacle of securing financial resources needed to grow a business claims the top spot on the list. That’s the driving force behind LendingTrees inaugural $50,000 Small Business Grant Contest, where LendingTree will present the winning small business a $50,000 grant to help fund future growth, a news release states.

“Since LendingTree launched its small business loan marketplace, it has been committed to helping small businesses thrive by simplifying the loan shopping process and matching the right businesses with right lenders to meet their financial needs,” said Doug Lebda, Founder and CEO.

The contest submission page, along with disclosures and details, can be found here: Small businesses interested in participating in LendingTree’s $50,000 Small Business Grant Contest can submit their registration online through 5 p.m. today.

The registration form consists of 20 questions, collecting information on historical business performance, future plans, why the business deserves the grant and how it would aid future growth.