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Courthouse Entrance (373 S. High Street) Closed

from Commissioners

The main County Courthouse entrance (373 S. High St.), marked by two revolving doors, will be closed indefinitely due to the renovation of the Hall of Justice building.

Entry to the County Courthouse (373 S. High St.) is available at the Pavilion Entrance (365 S. High St.) and the Common Pleas Courthouse (345 S. High St.).

The renovation of the Hall of Justice is expected to be complete this fall. The repurposed facility will feature a first floor conference facility, while the Adult Probation department will occupy floors 4-6, and the Law Library will return to the tenth floor.

Children's Day Celebration at COSI

from Children Services

Franklin County Children Services is hosting its annual Children's Day celebration at COSI (333 West Broad Street) on September 26 from 5-9 p.m. Children and families involved with FCCS will receive free admission, while a reduced rate for general admission is available to the public. There will be kid-friendly performances by Arnett Howard, Bob Piascik, Mackee the Magician and The Shazzbots Duo. FCCS's Ted D. Bear will be there with local mascots to greet children. Every child that attends will also be able to participate in door prize drawings. Parenting tips and community resource guides will be available at the FCCS information table. For more information, click here or call (614) 275-2520.

Franklin County Receives National Award for Poll Worker Recruitment

from Board of Elections

Franklin County's ongoing effort to recruit poll workers from local employers, Champions of Democracy, received top honors today from the National Association of Election Officials.

The program was recognized with the "Democracy Award for Best Practice of 2014" at ceremonies in San Francisco and cited for promoting poll worker service as an "opportunity to work the democratic process."

Franklin County launched Champions of Democracy in 2004 to broaden the poll worker recruitment pool for local elections. The effort encouraged local companies to give employees time off to work the polls amid national studies showing that election boards were too dependent on retired workers. A third of them were being replaced each year because they no longer wanted to work or had died.

More than 4,000 poll workers and needed to staff Franklin County's largest elections.

"This is an honor for our board of elections, for employers who have partnered with us and for hundreds of their employees who've served as poll workers over the years," said board of elections Director Bill Anthony. "We're very grateful to our corporate partners for making this award possible."

"Champions of Democracy has given us a reliable source of poll workers so dedicated to the job, that eight out of ten are with us from one year to the next," Deputy Director Dana Walch said. "That stability is a key factor for holding successful elections in our county."

The board of elections is always searching for qualitied poll workers and would like to hear from employers and other organizations willing to supply them for the Nov. 4 general election. Anyone interested should contact us at (614) 525-5353.

Commit To Be Fit Healthy Hikes

from Metro Parks

This year's season of ten Commit To Be Fit hikes began on Sunday, August 24, 1 p.m., at Blacklick Woods.

Mosquito Season Is upon Us

from Public Health

Mosquito season is upon us. Find complete Mosquito Program facts, updates and more on the Franklin County Public Health website.

Environmental Educator Workshops

from Soil and Water Conservation District

Join naturalists, environmental educators and teachers as we explore, explain and experience the value, variety and vulnerability of our natural resources through a series of interactive workshops.

Franklin Soil and Water, together with Metro Parks and the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District, will be coordinating workshops for educators with resources and activity ideas. Each session is a complete workshop including: introduction to the program, instructor-led activities, participant-driven learning and evaluation. All curricular materials are adaptable for many age groups.

Autumn ParkScope

from Metro Parks

The autumn edition of the Metro Parks ParkScope magazine is now available in the parks. Click here to view the Autumn ParkScope online.

Reports to the Community

from Economic Development & Planning

The Economic Development and Planning Department's Report to the Community e-newsletter series highlights the activities and outcomes of recent projects, programs, and initiatives undertaken by the department. Workforce training, demolition of vacant homes, and expenditure of federal stimulus funds in Franklin County are just a few of the topics covered in these reports that highlight the county's commitment to affordable housing, business investment, and safe neighborhoods.

Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting and Board of Supervisors' Election

from Soil and Water Conservation District

The Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District invites you to join them for their 68th Annual Meeting and Board of Supervisors' Election on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, being held at their new office in Grandview, 1404 Goodale Boulevard, Suite 100. Visit the Soil and Water Conservation District website for more details and registration information.

Common Ground Parenting Classes

from Child Support Enforcement

The Buckeye Ranch Visitation/Access Program is organizing free classes for never married parents. Classes meet once per week for six weeks. You are welcome to attend even if your co-parent doesn't participate. Visit the CSEA website for more information.

FCCS Parenting Tip: Never Leave a Child Alone in a Car

from Children Services

It is never safe to leave a child alone in a car, especially during hot weather. Help us save kids from heatstroke and other injuries by spreading the word. Click here to view a printable FCCS parenting tip flyer on this subject.