News briefs – Aug. 3


SECOND ANNUAL VETERANS APPRECIATION DAY PLANNED – The Ashland area’s Second Annual Veterans Appreciation Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, at 3 p.m. at the Ashland County Airport. This year’s event will be part of the City of Ashland’s 2015 Bicentennial Celebration.

The event is open to the public and all veterans are invited to attend. Parking will be limited so people are asked to carpool.

The Veterans Appreciation Day is sponsored by Barbasol, while a special donation for the fireworks display as part of the event is from Fin Feather Fur Outfitters. Additional donations are from Brethren Care Village, Desanto & Kellogg, the Good Shepherd, Hawkins/Lewis bakery, Kingston of Ashland, Mowry Construction & Engineering, Pepsi, Pheasants Forever, Turks, Whitmore Motors, Snyder-Lance and Ashland County Sheriff’s Office.

FINDLAY OFFERS FREE MOBILE SCIENCE LAB FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS – The University of Findlay’s College of Education is offering a free mobile interactive science lab for schools in Hancock County called Derrick’s Oiler Learning Express.uf learning bus, derrick’s oiler learning express, derrick’s bus, mobile science lab, COE, College of Education, The University of Findlay, derrick’s learning express, derrick’s mobile science lab, uf mobile science lab

This free mobile science lab travels to schools and offers a unique teaching option for teachers interested in getting their students out of the traditional classroom for outdoor learning. All experiments are aligned with the Ohio Academic Content Standards and are designed to keep students engaged and promote inquiry.

ASHLAND BICENTENNIAL COMMITTEE PRINTS OFFICIAL GUIDE BOOK – The Ashland Bicentennial Committee has commissioned the printing of the Ashland Bicentennial Official Guide Book and the book is now available for purchase.

The guide is an 8.5” x 11” paperback publication that contains 102 pages of content ranging from a 200-year timeline of Ashland’s history to the complete schedule of events for Ashland’s Bicentennial to a number of feature articles on the history of Main Street, Ashland University, Samaritan Hospital, and the Police and Fire Departments.

“The feature articles along with the large variety of photos provide snapshots of life in Ashland throughout the last 200 years,” said Matt Wurster, project coordinator for the book.

Call 419-606-8163.

DISTRESSED PROPERTIES DOWN TO 10 PERCENT OF THE CENTRAL OHIO INVENTORY – The 800 lender-mediated properties listed for sale during 2Q-2015 in central Ohio was down by almost half from one year ago, but up slightly (1.7 percent) from the previous quarter.

There were 1,080 residential lender-mediated sales during 2Q-2015 in central Ohio, which was down 10.7 percent from the 1,210 distressed homes sold during the same period in 2014 but up 9.4 percent from 1Q-2015.

Sales of traditional homes (those not in a distressed state) were up 11 percent to 7,558 in 2Q-2015.Traditional inventory was down 28 percent from properties for sale a year ago.

“As the traditional supply of homes and condos for sale is still quite low, central Ohio buyers may be looking to take advantage of distressed listings,” Columbus REALTORS® 2015 President Kathy Shiflet said. “Although a short sale or foreclosure usually takes longer to close, this option should at least be discussed depending on the buyers’ needs.”

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