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Hilliard to Host Post-Holiday Styrofoam Recycling Collection

Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in Blog, Events, Featured, For Businesses, For Residents | 0 comments

Hilliard to Host Post-Holiday Styrofoam Recycling Collection

The City of Hilliard is again offering FREE Styrofoam recycling collection this holiday season! 4th Annual FREE Styrofoam Recycling Collection Hilliard Community Center 3800 Veteran’s Memorial Dr. Hilliard, Ohio 43026 Saturday, December 30, 2017 10:00am to noon Please remove tape, paper, and any other non-Styrofoam materials No food-grade Styrofoam (no meat packaging containers, trays, cups, plates, egg cartons, etc.) unless it is brand new and has never contacted any food or beverage. We do *not* currently accepted washed food-grade...

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Take Your Recycling to the Next Level: What to Do with Pizza Boxes & Other Tips

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Blog, Featured, For Residents | 3 comments

Take Your Recycling to the Next Level: What to Do with Pizza Boxes & Other Tips

“What do you do with your pizza boxes?” we asked each other at a recent Environmental Sustainability Council meeting. Going around as a group, we heard a variety of responses: “I always thought you couldn’t recycle them because of the grease,” “I just throw them in the recycling and hope they take ‘em,” and “I tear off the tops of the boxes and recycle the tops because they don’t get grease on them.” Clearly, we realized, pizza boxes are a gray area when it comes to recycling: a small sampling of committed recyclers had heard differing advice...

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The Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Blog, Featured, For Residents | Comments Off on The Pumpkin Patch

The Pumpkin Patch

One of my family’s favorite October activities is visiting local farms. We love the fall experiences and especially love bringing home pumpkins for decorating and carving. We were able to visit Kuhlwein’s recently and spent time looking through their fields of pumpkins. I am always impressed with the variety in the shapes, sizes, and wonderful imperfections that adds special character to each find. After finding the perfect one to carve, sometimes it is hard to wait to begin our artistic endeavors that will help make Halloween memories....

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The Perfect Popcorn

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Blog, Featured, For Residents | Comments Off on The Perfect Popcorn

The Perfect Popcorn

In a continuing effort to reduce unnecessary chemicals and preservatives in my family’s food, I decided to make popcorn on the stove instead of using microwave popcorn. Growing up my mom would make popcorn on the stove because microwave ovens didn’t exist.  I knew it wouldn’t be too difficult if I found the right recipe and I did: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/perfect_popcorn/.  This recipe and method works and tastes great.  My entire family loves it.  All you need is a 3-qt. covered saucepan and 3 Tbsp. peanut, coconut, or canola oil...

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Treebates

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Blog, For Residents | 1 comment

Treebates

You may be eligible for a tree rebate if you live in a qualifying area of Central Ohio. Trees soak up rain water that would otherwise run off your yard and flow into a storm drain. Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District (FSWCD) is offering rebates of $50 or $100*** for planting a native tree in your yard. The GreenSpot Community Backyards program is available to City of Columbus residents, participating municipalities, and Franklin County residents. Eligible tax districts (which may be different than your postal address) are Bexley,...

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Dryer Balls

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Blog, For Residents | 1 comment

Dryer Balls

For the holidays I bought myself a present, a 12-month subscription to receive a different product every month to help me live “healthier and greener”. The first item I received was a three-pack of wool dryer balls.  Each ball is about the size of a tennis ball and lasts for over 1,000 loads of laundry.  I do eight loads of laundry a week and after 224 loads of laundry the balls still look brand new so I’m sure they will last for at least 1,000 loads.  I am proud to report my family has not used fabric softener or dryer sheets for seven...

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Improvements to the Clarence W. Latham Educational Park are Coming Soon

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Blog, For Residents | Comments Off on Improvements to the Clarence W. Latham Educational Park are Coming Soon

Improvements to the Clarence W. Latham Educational Park are Coming Soon

Latham Park is a little, hidden gem located at Cosgray Road and Scioto Darby Creek Road directly north of the CVS. It currently includes a few parking spaces, an unfinished walking trail, a stocked pond, and a white gazebo. While it’s a pretty park, future improvements will make the park a more desirable and accessible place to visit. These improvements will include expanding the trail the entire way around the pond, as well as adding a play area, a shelter, restrooms, additional parking, and a handicap-accessible fishing pier. Ms. Hala...

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Vernal Pools

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Blog, For Residents | Comments Off on Vernal Pools

Vernal Pools

(All photography by David Celebrezze) Picture this: It’s nighttime. Completely dark except for the stars above and the flashlight you’re holding. It’s early in the springtime. You have on hip waders and a warm jacket. You’re surrounded by thousands of frogs, their peeping loud enough to make you wish you had ear plugs. You are in a small wetland less than half an acre in size. Five months earlier, at the end of autumn, there was no water where you’re standing but now in March and the water is halfway up your...

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Hilliard Farmers’ Market begins May 30, 2017

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Blog, For Residents | Comments Off on Hilliard Farmers’ Market begins May 30, 2017

Hilliard Farmers’ Market begins May 30, 2017

The sun is shining and the weather has started to warm. That can only mean one thing…the start of farmer’s market season! Hilliard’s Farm Market is set to begin Tuesday, May 30 from 4-7 at the corner of Hilliard-Rome and Scioto-Darby (at the Hilliard United Methodist Church). The Market will run every Tuesday evening from May 30 through Sept. 12, 2017. For more information, visit http://www.hilliardfarmmarket.com/Home_Page.html

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Hilliard to Host Recycling/Donation Drives

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in Blog, For Residents | Comments Off on Hilliard to Host Recycling/Donation Drives

Hilliard to Host Recycling/Donation Drives

As a part of its 2017 Earth Day Celebration, the City of Hilliard is hosting a variety of recycling/donation drives. All collections will occur at the City of Hilliard’s Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10-noon at the Hilliard Community Center.   Habitat for Humanity ReStore – ReStore accepts a variety of new or gently used remodeling materials, from door handles to appliances, electronics, and lumber. The items should be reusable, structurally sound and complete, functional, cosmetically appealing and...

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