“Mother” Bickerdyke- Topic Of August Women In History Luncheon

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Many people know about the exploits of Clara Barton treating the wounded on the American Civil War battlefields and army hospitals, but the name Mary Ann Bickerdyke might not be as commonly known.

The Civil War nurse became known to thousands of soldiers as “Mother” Bickerdyke.

Her legacy will be the topic of the second Women in History Luncheon at the Lancaster’s downtown Ale House 1890 on August 12th. Living history interpreter Darlene Gage portrays the fascinating Civil War nurse, who helped build 300 hospitals during the Civil War, searched battlefields at night to retrieve wounded soldiers, and was praised by Generals Grant and Sherman for her bravery and concern for soldiers.

(Photo of Mary Ann Bickerdyke- Courtesy of National Park Service)

After the war, she helped Union veterans and nurses seeking pensions from the U.S. government.

Mother Bickerdyke was born Mary Ann Ball in Knox County, Ohio in the year 1817. She was one of the first women who attended Oberlin College in Ohio. In 1847, she married Robert Bickerdyke, who died in 1859, two years before the Civil War. The couple had two sons.

She later moved to Galesburg, Illinois where she worked as botanic physician and primarily worked with alternative medicines using herbs and plants.

Mary Bickerdyke served in the Civil War from June 9, 1861 to March 20, 1865, working in a total of nineteen battles. Bickerdyke was described as a determined nurse who did not let anyone stand in the way of her duties.

The program includes a menu of traditional chicken salad sandwiches or Santa Fe wraps, crisp house salad, Italian pasta salad, sweets tray, and beverage. The luncheon starts promptly at 11:30am, with the program following.

Cost for tickets is $29; seating is limited. It should be concluded about 1pm.

Tickets are available now. Order online at www.FairfieldHeritage.com, call (740) 654-9923 or email office@fairfieldheritage.org.

3 Tick Species Identified As Potential Disease Carriers This Summer

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(COLUMBUS) – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife is encouraging hunters, anglers, birders, and all outdoor enthusiasts to use caution and take steps to avoid contact with Ohio’s tick species while exploring the outdoors this summer. Ticks are found throughout Ohio and sometimes carry potentially dangerous diseases.
Ohio has three medically important species of ticks: the American dog tick, blacklegged tick, and lone star tick. All three of these species have the potential to carry and transmit diseases to humans and pets. The American dog tick is the most common tick in Ohio and is found in grassy areas. This tick is most active during the summer months and is the primary transmitter of Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
When exploring the outdoors, everyone should take precautions to prevent a tick from becoming attached to the skin. Outer clothing should be sprayed with permethrin-based repellent according to the label directions. Pants should be tucked into socks or boots and shirts into pants to keep ticks on the outside of the clothing. Wear light colored clothing which will make spotting ticks easier. Thoroughly check clothes and skin for any attached ticks. Don’t forget to check pets and gear, too.
Attached ticks should be removed as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of contracting tick-borne diseases. To remove a tick, use tweezers or gloved hands. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull straight out with steady, even pressure. Do not use petroleum jelly, fingernail polish, alcohol, cigarettes, matches, or other similar methods to try to kill or stimulate the tick to back out. These methods do not work, delay proper removal, and may be dangerous.
“Ticks have the ability to transmit diseases to humans in 36 to 48 hours after the initial bite,” said Ohio Wildlife Council President and retired veterinarian Dr. Paul Mechling. “Urban and suburban development as well as outdoor recreation allows the spread of these diseases as people come in close contacts with mice, white-tailed deer, and other hosts for ticks. Pets in an outdoor setting should have tick control.”
Blacklegged tick populations have increased in Ohio since 2010, particularly in areas with forested habitat. This species can carry Lyme disease and is active throughout the year, including during the winter. Also known as the deer tick, blacklegged ticks are frequently found on white-tailed deer. The lone star tick is found mostly in southern Ohio and can transmit several diseases. It is found in shaded, grassy areas and is active during the warmer months of the year.
“Ohioans are at greatest risk for contracting tick-borne disease from June through August, but Lyme disease is possible year-round,” says Dr. Glen Needham, Associate Professor Emeritus of Entomology at The Ohio State University. “Wear proper clothing and use repellent to help prevent tick attachment.”
Dr. Mechling also advises landowners, particularly those who own woodlots, to consider the makeup of plants on their property. According to recent research conducted by the University of Maine, woodlots with invasive plants such as bush honeysuckle, Japanese barberry, and buckthorn had three to four times the number of blacklegged ticks compared to woodlots with no invasive plants.
It is important to note that unlike humans and pets, wild animals such as deer are not affected by the blacklegged tick and suffer no ill effects from Lyme disease. Additionally, Lyme disease cannot be transmitted by the consumption of venison. Hunters should remember that hunting and dressing deer may bring them into close contact with infected ticks.
More information on these and other tick species, and photos to help identify ticks can be found on the Ohio Department of Health webpage. To learn more about tick-borne diseases and their symptoms, visit cdc.gov/ticks.
The Ohio State University is hosting a day-long Ohio Regional Tick Symposium 2021 in October. Registration is available at osu.edu. For more information on ticks in Ohio, visit wildohio.gov.

Area Teen Wins National Champ In Boer Goat Judging Contest

Presented By McDonald’s, I’m Lovin’ It!

A Ross County teen picks up some impressive hardware at the National Boer Goat Show in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Bailey Brumfield won the National Grand Champion Premier Percentage Exhibitor competition and the National Reserve Champion Senior Percentage Doe. 

The competition was sponsored by the American Boer Goat Association.

“The Rennies” Returning To Public Concerts

Presented By Classic Brands

The Renaissance Singers will be in concert at 2pm Sunday, June 27th at First Presbyterian Church in Chillicothe. The “Rennies’ Greatest Hits” – which is some of their favorites from years past, will be performed.

The concert will be held outdoors if weather permits; bring a lawn chair. If weather is questionable, they will sing indoors. 

There will be no admission charge, but they will accept donations. Director Barb Nowlin says- “The concert is a welcome back to some kind of normal life. As you know, we sing because we love to make music. We are in the midst of our summer “church tour” now, singing at Sunday services throughout the area.

Paints Blast 5 Home Runs in Win Over Terre Haute

Presented By Atomic Speedway

The Chillicothe Paints gain a 12-7 Sunday over the Terre Haute Rex, smashing five home runs in the game. Jake Silverstein hit three, including a grand slam and drove in six RBI’s. He was 4 for 6 at the plate, also picking up a double.

Jackson Feltner also had a big game offensively, going 4 for 5 with an RBI.

Chillicothe’s big inning came in the 8th, scoring six runs. The Paints also had 15 hits in the contest.

Dane Armbrustmacher gained the victory on the pitcher’s mound, working 2.2 innings of hitless ball.

The (9-12) Paints are back home on Tuesday, hosting Lafayette. Johnstown is in Chillicothe on Wednesday.

19th Century “Base Ball” Returns To Adena Mansion & Gardens

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(Above: Watch the 2018 match between the Adena Worthingtons and Ohio Village Muffins)

(CHILLICOTHE) –Adena Mansion & Gardens will host a vintage “base ball” game on Sunday, July 11, 2021.

Bring your blanket or lawn chair and join us on the grounds when the Adena Worthingtons challenge the Ohio Village Muffins, an 1860’s baseball team that plays the game by 19th century rules, in an exhibition game of vintage baseball. The match begins at 2:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Adena Mansion and Gardens Historic is following current guidance from the CDC for safest behaviors related to COVID-19. Masks are not be required for vaccinated visitors, volunteers, and staff. Masks are highly encouraged for children ages 3-11 and any other unvaccinated individuals 12 and up.

(Photo Courtesy of Adena Mansion & Gardens)

If you would like to take a tour of the mansion, admission is $10 for Adults; $9 for Seniors; $5 Children 6-12 and Children 5 and under are free. The last mansion tour is at 3:30pm

Adena Mansion was the home of Ohio’s sixth governor, Thomas Worthington. Adena Mansion and Garden Society manages the site on behalf of Ohio History Connection. Adena is located at the south end of Adena Road, off Pleasant Valley Road, which is the first road off State Route 104, just north of the US 35 interchange at the north edge of Chillicothe.

For more information, please call 740-772-1500, email info@adenamansion.com, or visit www.adenamansion.com.

Local Girl To Represent Ohio In National Pageant

Presented By Rathkamp Financial

(Photo: Jordyn Jones)

A Chillicothe girl has won the Pre-Teen National American Miss Contest and will now represent Ohio in the national competition.

9-year-old Jordyn Jones won the state contest, held in Columbus and now represents Ohio in the National Contest in Orlando, Florida this Thanksgiving weekend.

This is her second time winning, only this is the first time as princess. In 2018, as a 6-year-old, it was in a younger division. 

Litter Media first introduced viewers to Jordyn Jones in June of 2018.


Annual Meeting Set For Friends Of The Lucy Webb Hayes Heritage Center

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(Press Release) — The official gathering of the group who maintains the Lucy Hayes Heritage Center at 90 West 6th Street in Chillicothe will include Bob Leach as speaker.  

At 2pm Saturday, June 26th, 2021, the brief business meeting will cover annual items for members to vote on, followed by light refreshments – including “Lemonade Lucy’s” drink.  

Then retired Army ranger, veterans coordinator, and former Huntington Schools history teacher Bob Leach will speak on his effort to compose a book of one-page biographies on every Ross County veteran who died in American wars in the 20th and 21st century.  

He may also address Webb Cook Hayes, the second son of Lucy and President Rutherford B. Hayes, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for service in the 1899 Philippine Insurrection.

The event is free and the public is welcome.  Weather permitting, it may be outdoors in the shady side garden.  

Lucy Ware Webb Hayes was born in Chillicothe in 1831 in the wood frame house, now the “Lucy Hayes Heritage Center,” located at 90 West 6th Street. Learn more in their Facebook page, by calling 740 / 775-LUCY, or mailing to P.O. Box 1790, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601.  

June 19th Adena Mansion Visitor Center Event Rescheduled

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(Chillicothe) — Due to rain, “The Worthington’s and the Revolution” has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 10th from 10am-3pm, at the Adena Mansion & Gardens Visitor Center. The event was originally scheduled for June 19th.

Children completing grades four through six are invited to join the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Ogle Company of the Militia at Adena Mansions and Gardens for a day of fun and learning about colonial times.

The day will begin with presentation of the flag by the Ogle Company and a round of shots. Throughout the day, participants will play games and enjoy food from the era of the American Revolution. These games were later played by the Worthington children and the “soldiers’ food” is the same the elder Worthington males ate while in the wilderness and defending the colonies. Children will have the opportunity to practice crafts and cooking that were practiced in the colonies and at Adena.

Thomas Worthington was a surveyor and frontiersman. Children will learn the skills and techniques used by those early surveyors, and see the tools used. A Revolutionary War Soldier’s routines and daily life will be shared with the children by a member of the Militia. Additionally, the children will learn about the Worthington family’s connection to the Revolutionary War.

Lunch will be served to participants and they will take home to share the crafts and foods created throughout the day.

Please register online at www.adenamansion.com/tickets, or by calling 1-800-319-7248 or 740-772-1500.

Adana Mansion was the home of Ohio’s 6th governor, Thomas Worthington. Admission is: Adults $10; seniors $9; Children 6 and up, $5. Admission for Ohio History Connection/AMGS members and children 5 and under is FREE. For more information, please call 1-800-319-7248 or visit www.adenamansion.com. Adena is located at the south end of Adena Road, off Pleasant Valley Road, which is the first road west off of State Route 104, just north of the US 35 interchange at the north edge of Chillicothe.

Summer Sacred Music Series Hosted At St. Mary’s Catholic Church

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(Photo Courtesy of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church)

Some of the most sacred music in the Christian Faith is being presented during the lunch hour each Friday this summer at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Chillicothe.

Delma Rouleau, the music director at Saint Mary’s and accomplished organist and pianist, is giving hour long music programs between 11:30am-12:30pm every Friday through July 30th.   

The program is free and open to the public.

Delma planned the music program for these times in so the community could stop in on their lunch hour.  An example of her sacred music selection included playing pieces from English Composers, G.F., Handel and Henry Purcell, on June 18th.

Here is the schedule going forward:
June 25: Mendelssohn and Schubert
July 2: American Hymnody
July 9: Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Gems
July 16: French Organ Works
July 23: Christmas Carols in July
July 30: Mozart and Bach

Delma Rouleau’s playing during the Friday program has been described as- “Breathtaking, and in the sanctuary of the beautiful church with such great acoustics it is even more spectacular.”