City Encourages Residents to Recycle Pumpkins

Instead of throwing your Halloween pumpkins and gourds in the trash, residents of Hilliard can drop them off at the City’s pumpkin composting bins.

Through Dec. 2, there will be collection bins located just left of the Municipal Building parking lot (3770 Municipal Way), for pumpkin composting.

Pumpkin composting is free and available to anyone who wants to help reduce waste in central Ohio.

All pumpkins will be taken to a composting facility where they will be turned into a valuable soil additive. Compost improves soil quality, reduces erosion, reduces greenhouse gases, and decreases the need for chemical fertilizers.

Collection bins will be available for pumpkin disposal through Dec. 2. Please remove paint, candles, wax or other non-organic material from pumpkins.

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2023 State of the City: ‘All Aboard and Full Steam Ahead!’

March 3, 2023

The community is invited to join City Manager Michelle Crandall at Center Street Market on March 21 for the 2023 State of the City presentation, “All Aboard and Full Steam Ahead!” 

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The event starts with networking at 5:30 p.m., followed at 6:15 p.m. by the State of the City presentation. The State of the City will cover highlights from the past year and look ahead to all the great progress happening in our community, from plans for the future recreation and wellness campus to economic development successes. 

The presentation also will include updates on the big ideas included in the Hilliard by Design community planning process, as well as details about the exciting Hilliard City Lab initiative – and why Hilliard was recently named one of the Top 21 Smart Communities in the world! 

And you’ll want to be sure to stick around after the presentation as Crooked Can Brewing taps their special new “Hilliard Roundabout Stout” – an Irish stout created just for this occasion! 

Wild Turkeys Will Be Relocated to Safe, Natural Location

February 26, 2023

One of the two remaining turkeys of the trio that have gained significant community attention during the past year is being kept in a safe location by state wildlife officials until the final bird can be safely caught and they can be released together.

After the other turkey is captured, both birds will be safely relocated to an appropriate natural environment outside of Hilliard. The relocation site does not allow hunting but will allow the birds to interact with other wild turkeys.

The City and wildlife officials had previously hoped the turkeys would naturally move to a different location. Unfortunately, humans have made it more attractive to stay in Hilliard by feeding them, approaching them for photos, and otherwise habituating them to close contact with people. For their own safety and for the safety of people, finding them a new home out of the suburbs is now the best outcome for everyone.

It is never recommended to feed or approach wild animals. Until the third turkey is captured, residents are reminded not to feed the bird and to avoid getting close to it for photos.

City staff and state wildlife officials made the joint decision to relocate the birds because of the dangers they have been facing due to traffic and human interaction, as well as the risk they pose to people. No state or City permit is required for state wildlife officials to relocate turkeys when necessary.

It is not uncommon for wild turkeys to be found in suburban communities such as Hilliard, so relocating them for their own safety is generally a last resort.

However, recent incidents made it obvious that relocation was the best thing for the turkeys’ safety – as well as for the safety of humans living, walking, and driving in the area where the birds have been living:

  • A significant part of the concern for these particular turkeys is that humans have been feeding them, which is unhealthy for the birds, increases their dependence on humans, and can lead to human-wildlife conflict. This habituation has encouraged the turkeys to remain in the area rather than move to a more natural place.
  • In January, a resident took one of the turkeys to the Ohio Wildlife Center after the bird was injured by what wildlife experts think may have been an animal bite. It is uncertain at this time if that bird will recover enough to be returned to the wild, but even with a full recovery it would be irresponsible to return that turkey to a suburban setting.
  • In a separate incident, social media photos showed two men catching the turkeys and trying to put them in their personal vehicle.
  • The turkeys frequently walk and fly into busy traffic, which could cause a significant accident that could injure humans.
  • Unconfirmed reports of an individual attacking the birds with a stick was made in January.

Hilliard Resident Named to President’s Cancer Advisory Board

February 3, 2023

A Hilliard resident has been named as one of six appointees to President Biden’s National Cancer Advisory Board.

Fred K. Tabung, an assistant professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Comprehensive Cancer Center, will be appointed to the board, which plays an important role in guiding the Director of the National Cancer Institute in setting the course for the national cancer research program.

At Ohio State, Tabung conducts a research program working to advance our understanding of how diet-related metabolic dysregulation impacts cancer risk and treatment response and to translate this knowledge into heathier eating and therapeutic diets. He is pioneering innovative approaches to studying the role of diet in cancer, some of which includes integration of the metabolic properties of specific foods beyond their caloric content.

Tabung’s life experiences growing up and working in Africa strongly influenced his focus on diet and nutrition as a key determinant of health and disease, especially cancer. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in medical laboratory science, Tabung worked in the pathology laboratory of a reference hospital in Yaounde, Cameroon, helping to diagnose cancer, while also volunteering time to help start a population-based cancer registry for the city.

Convinced that effective cancer prevention methods were sorely needed, Tabung pursued graduate-level education in nutrition and cancer epidemiologic research under the Fulbright Scholarship Program, where he focused upon the study, elucidation, and development of novel dietary pattern research methods.

Tabung’s work as a researcher has been recognized with multiple awards, including the Breakthrough Graduate Scholar Award and the Doctoral Achievement Award at the University of South Carolina in recognition of outstanding graduate school accomplishments.

Most recently, he was named an American Cancer Society Research Scholar. Tabung was also appointed to serve in the Mechanisms Expert Committee advising the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research on potential biological mechanisms underlying the role of diet in cancer risk and prognosis, for their Global Cancer Update Program.

President Biden has identified defeating cancer as a priority for his administration. According to information released by the White House, “The National Cancer Advisory Board will complement the Cancer Moonshot, which President Biden reignited a year ago to end cancer as we know it today – including by making sure his Administration is investing in research and development that will help advance breakthroughs to prevent, detect, and treat diseases like cancer.”

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