The Chillicothe Transit System will be implementing changes January 3rd, which include modified and expanded county service.
But along with that, an informational survey showed that many of those that weighed-in for public comments, also want to see the City of Chillicothe utilize a “historic downtown trolley.”
In late July, the Chillicothe Transit System began its experimentation of a Trolley car on loan through the Bloomberg-Harvard Innovation Track. Chillicothe was one of eleven cities across the country participating in the program as part of the Bloomberg-Harvard City Leadership Initiative.
According to an article on the website for The Centre for Public Impact, “The team came into the Track with a goal of making public transit more responsive to potential users, thereby attracting new riders throughout the city and leading to a new program of on-demand public transit. Over the course of the Innovation Track, Chillicothe zeroed in on two potential transit solutions: a dual fixed-route/on-demand public transportation system and a highly popular trolley. After prototyping these ideas with an astounding 400+ residents, the city is now advancing both ideas as pilots.”
(Chillicothe) – As part of the Ohio Department of Transportation—District 9’s Planning Department, the district’s Environmental Office is seeking public input for a bridge replacement on State Route 138 in Ross County.
ROS-138-10.38 (PID: 110557) – It is proposed to replace the structure on SR 138 at the 10.38 mile mark in Ross County, Ohio. The project is located in a rural area of Concord Township.
The existing structure is a three-span continuous concrete slab on capped pile piers and capped pile abutments. The structure was built in 1957. The new structure will be three-span reinforced concrete slab on capped pile piers and capped pile abutments.
The project will not require new right-of-way. No homes or businesses will be removed by the project. The roadway will be open for the duration of the project.
The funding for the project is 80% Federal and 20% Local.
The environmental commitment date is 2/1/2022. The project is currently expected to be awarded 10/1/2022.
Written comments should be submitted by January 7, 2022, or the deadline date that is posted on the web site, to: Greg Manson, ODOT District 9 Environmental Supervisor, 650 Eastern Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Columbus) — As older adults hit the road to join family and friends over the holidays, Governor Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Ohio Department of Public Safety the Ohio Department of Aging, and AAA are reminding Ohio drivers to “Stay Fit to Drive” by following a few basic safety tips.
In conjunction with the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (Dec. 6-10), the Governor is also unveiling a new web page, transportation.Ohio.gov/olderdrivers, with resources specifically created for older drivers, as well as their family, friends and caregivers.
“Although older adults are among the safest drivers on Ohio’s roads, their risk of being injured or killed in a crash increases with age,” said Governor DeWine. “This new website puts resources for older drivers in one place to help them stay independent longer while reducing risks to themselves and others on the road.”
People age 65 and older make up the fastest growing segment of drivers nationally and in Ohio. Between 2010 and 2019, the U.S. population of people age 65 and older grew by 34%, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In recent years, fatal crashes involving this age group have also increased.
Data from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) shows the number of deaths involving older drivers spiked in 2019, when 271 people died in crashes on Ohio roads, representing 23% of all traffic deaths statewide. While older driver crash deaths declined in 2020 when many older drivers stayed home, they are rising again this year as vaccinations increase and older adults resume activities.
“Many older Ohioans started driving less in the early months of the pandemic,” said Kimberly Schwind with the Ohio Conference of AAA Clubs. “As they hit the road again their driving skills may be a little rusty, or their health or vision may have changed. That’s why it’s imperative older Ohioans and their families take the time to assess their driving abilities and take the necessary steps to stay safe on the road.”
Normal aging may increase common risk factors for roadway crashes, including changes in vision, hearing, strength, visibility, reflexes, and memory. Medical conditions and certain medications also may impact the ability to drive safely. In addition, older drivers may drive older vehicles that no longer fit their needs (e.g., too big or too small; or seats, steering wheel and mirrors do not adjust sufficiently). Finally, a fear of driving and traffic can increase the risk of a crash.
Resources for Road Users and Their Families:
To help prevent crashes, Ohio has state and local program resources that can help older drivers adopt strategies to stay safe on the road, as well as find alternatives to driving if they can no longer do so safely. These resources can be found on the new website, transportation.Ohio.gov/olderdrivers.
In addition, the Ohio Department of Aging has tips and resources for older Ohioans and their families. They help older drivers maintain their driving abilities and independence and understand the factors that affect their ability to stay behind the wheel safely. They also provide advice for discussing the topic with family members and finding transportation resources. Visit aging.ohio.gov/olderdrivers.
Tips for Older Driver Safety:
Governor DeWine and AAA also offer these tips for older drivers:
Stay aware of your changing physical, vision and hearing abilities and adjust your driving habits accordingly.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if any medical conditions you have or medications you take could make it unsafe to drive.
Do most of your driving during daylight and in good weather. Avoid busy roadways and rush hours whenever possible.
Plan your route before you drive and choose routes with well-lit streets, intersections with left turn signals and easy parking.
Avoid distractions while driving, including talking or texting on a cell phone, eating, or listening to a loud radio.
Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you so you can react if the other driver stops or slows suddenly.
Do not drive too slowly, as this can be as unsafe as speeding.
Ohio 17th District State Senator Bob Peterson of Sabina has announced his candidacy to run for the 91st District for the Ohio House of Representatives in 2022. The House District currently covers parts of Fayette, Highland and Clinton counties.
Peterson, who is a former member of the Ohio House, is term-limited in the Ohio Senate, with 2022 being his final year of the eight years he can serve. However, this does not prohibit him from running for the House of Representatives.
In a press release issued on his Facebook page, Peterson stated- “As some of you may remember I was elected as a State Representative in 2010 and only served about a year and a half before being appointed to the Ohio Senate. It would be an honor to go back to the Ohio House and continue working for the great people of our area. I would appreciate your support in the 2022 election.”
The Republican nomination for the 91st Ohio House seat that Peterson seeks, is currently occupied by Republican Shane Wilkin of Hillsboro, who has already announced his candidacy for the 17th District Ohio Senate seat now occupied by Peterson. Wilkin is term-limited in the Ohio House, which opens the door for Peterson to run for that GOP nomination, while Wilkin does the same for Peterson’s current Senate post.
Thus far, there has been no announcements for either the 17th District Ohio Senate seat or the 91st District Ohio House seat on the Democrat Party side.
(Columbus) – With stockings hung by chimneys with care, the State Fire Marshal reminds all Ohioans to stay safe during this holiday season. Many are decorating for the holidays, and that could increase the likelihood of a fire in your home.
“The holidays are a time for celebration, but Ohioans still need to be diligent when it comes to fire safety,” Marshal Reardon said. “When decorating, simple steps can help you eliminate fire risks in your home and ensure your holiday is an enjoyable one.”
According to the National Fire Protection Association, one of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems. Christmas tree fires are more serious than typical home fires with one of every 31 reported Christmas tree fires resulting in a fatality. On average, just one in 144 typical home fires do.
For fresh or artificial Christmas trees, eliminate heat by using LED lights. Unlike traditional bulbs, LEDs do not get hot and they use 75% to 90% less electricity for the same amount of light.
Purchase lights that bear the label of a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
Inspect lights each year and throw them away if they have frayed or pinched wires.
Outdoor lights are specifically labeled for outdoor use. They should be fastened securely and placed on a ground fault interrupter circuit.
Do not connect too many light sets together and never use extension cords that are worn or cracked. Do not run them under rugs or over sharp objects.
Turn off lights and blow out candles when you go to bed or leave the house.
Live Christmas trees should be as fresh as possible. Make a fresh cut at the base of the trunk, and place the tree in a sturdy stand; water it daily. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly.
Locate the tree as far away from heat sources as possible. Never place lit candles on or near the tree, or where the tree may fall if knocked over by a pet or child.
Dispose of your tree shortly after Christmas or when it becomes dry.
Do not block your primary or alternate escape routes with a tree, decorations or presents.
Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be knocked down easily.
In addition, the State Fire Marshal encourages Ohioans to have a working smoke alarm installed on every level of the home and inside and outside of each bedroom or sleeping area. Smoke alarms with a manufacture date of 2012 or earlier need to be replaced. For more fire safety tips, visit the State Fire Marshal’s website.
2021 Division 5 All-Ohio Football Teams Offensive Players of the Year: Gabe Tingle, West Lafayette Ridgewood; Levi Gullion, Piketon
Defensive Players of the Year: Spencer Mesaros, Ravenna Southeast; Carson Bey, Versailles
Coaches of the Year: Mike Lento, Kansas Lakota; Dave Maddox, Camden Preble Shawnee
First Team Offense QB: Levi Gullion, Piketon, 6-3, 195, sr.; Drew Roe, Portsmouth, 5-7, 151, sr.; Gabe Tingle, West Lafayette Ridgewood, 5-11, 180, sr.; Harley Hopkins, Zanesville West Muskingum, 6-1, 205, sr.; Joseph Dzierwa, Tontogany Otsego, 6-6, 180, sr.; Billy Skripac, South Range, 6-2, 195, jr.
P: Jonathan Weaver, Amanda-Clearcreek, 6-2, 170, sr.
Third Team Offense QB: Ben Nichols, Chillicothe Zane Trace, 6-0, 170, sr.; Christian Moyer, Doylestown Chippewa, 6-0, 190, sr.; Peyton Lemon, Apple Creek Waynedale, 5-10, 190, sr.; Joel Steinkoenig, Reading, 6-5, 220, sr.
2021 Division 4 All-Ohio Football Teams Offensive Player of the Year: C.J. Hester, Wyoming Defensive Player of the Year: Luke Ferrell, Bloom-Carroll Coach of the Year: Eric Valentine, Columbus Linden-McKinley
OL: Hayden Loy, Byesville Meadowbrook, 5-9, 220, sr.; Kaden Riddle, Clear Fork, 6-4, 250, jr.; Camden Armstrong, Shelby, 5-11, 290, sr.; Freddie Johnson, Cleveland Glenville, 6-5, 320, soph.; Bobby Malinowski, Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 6-2, 293, sr.; Jacob Marjak, Perry; Noah Hill, Springfield Kenton Ridge, 6- 5, 295, sr., Ethan Lane, West Milton Milton-Union, 6-4, 250, jr.
K: Ben Tolson, Beloit West Branch, 5-7, 145, sr.
Third Team Defense DL: Chandler Stevens, Marengo Highland, 5-10, 190, jr.; Thomas Egli, Beloit West Branch, 6-6, 205, Jr.; Sir’Sean Ingram, Cleveland Glenville, 6-4, 210, sr.; Max Moore, Chagrin Falls, 6-3, 210, sr.; Joseph David, Cincinnati Indian Hill, 5-10, 210, sr.; Cooper Strader, St. Paris Graham, 6-1, 225, sr.
LB: Drew Lincicome, Duncan Falls Philo, 5-11, 175, jr.; Justin Smythe, Bellevue, 6-0, 165, sr.; Coltin Colucci, Navarre Fairless, 6-1, 200, sr.; Chris Berthold, Oberlin Firelands, 5-11, 185, sr.; Rocco Hice, Gates Mills Gilmour, 5-9, 175, jr.; Matthew Cotterman, Germantown Valley View, 6-4, 220, sr.; Norman Bubba Darnell Jr., Bethel Bethel-Tate, 5-9, 185, sr.; Jared Hancock, Cincinnati Wyoming, 5-10, 205, sr.; Nathan Walker, New Concord John Glenn, 6-2, 175, jr.
An expert on internet safety for children sat down with Litter Media Special Edition to discuss this danger and its all too easy access on any smart phone and computer.
Jesse Weinberger is a nationally known author, speaker and podcaster that travels the world lecturing on the dangers children face as they are being exposed to pornography, sex trafficking and other dangers immediately through their own smartphones and computers.
Weinberger spoke to Paint Valley School students on December 6th and will return for a January 12th community event at Paint Valley High School Gymnasium, between 6pm-8pm. The January 12th free event is open to the community, regardless of what school district you live in. Due to content being discussed and shown, the presentation will be open to adults only.
Presentation highlights that Jesse Weinberger will share with the January 12th audience include: *Value vs risk of tech use *Parental complicity *Mental health impact *Cyberbullying, sexting, sexual predation *Popular apps explained *Extreme content & gaming *How to monitor, supervise & consequence
Weinberger has over 15 years of speaking experience at school districts all over the United States, with a particular skill of reaching audiences with the combination of humor and deep expertise in technology and digital content.
Jessie Weinberger is the host of the podcast Big Mama’s House and is the author of The Boogeyman Exists: And He’s in Your Child’s Back Pocket.