Majestic Theater Surveying Patrons

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Chillicothe’s Majestic Theater sent out an email Tuesday, surveying patrons as they move closer to reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown for theaters.

The survey, consisting of four simple questions, three of which gauge when patrons would feel comfortable about returning to the theater and the use of face coverings. There’s also a section to share a comment.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

Like many others across the country, “America’s oldest continuously operating theater”, was forced to cancel shows in March.

The Majestic’s events calendar has The Motown Sounds of TOUCH as its first returning stage performance, scheduled for Saturday September 5th, 2020 followed by the Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival the following Friday and Saturday, September 11th and 12th.

Learn more about the Majestic and its current fundraising campaign at www.majesticchillicothe.net   

WCHI To Return To Full Power Soon

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For the last two weeks, listeners to WCHI (1350-AM) have had better reception on iHeartRadio to hear classic hits than their actual radio.

The reason, the station had to remove its tower and is operating at low power.

The station reported its tower’s foundation had weakened. Workers began dismantling the tower at its Eastern Avenue transmitter site June 16th.

Meanwhile, a remote broadcast van with a small mast is a temporary solution until the tower returns.

According to the WCHI’s website, it could be a couple of more weeks before the tower can be erected and have the music pumping at full power again.

Crews dismantle the WCHI broadcast tower at the station’s transmitter site on Eastern Avenue June 16, 2020.
Crews dismantle the WCHI broadcast tower at the station’s transmitter site on Eastern Avenue June 16, 2020.
A remote mast truck is being used to transmit a reduced signal for WCHI until its tower can be erected. Photo taken June 16, 2020.

Nursing Homes May Begin Outdoor Visitation July 20, 2020

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During his Monday news conference in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced beginning July 20, nursing homes in the state are permitted to have outdoor visitation as long as all safety standards are met. 

In a release from the statehouse, when assessing their readiness to permit outdoor visitation, nursing homes should consider:

  1. Case status in the surrounding community
  2. Case status in the nursing home
  3. Staffing levels
  4. Access to adequate testing for residents and staff
  5. Personal protective equipment supplies
  6. Local hospital capacity

The decision to move forward with outdoor visitation considered requests from families and residents and the impact on the quality of life that a prolonged loss of connection can have on an individual. The plan was made in consultation with advocates and providers in the aging and development disabilities communities. Guidelines for visitation were jointly developed by the Academy for Senior Health Sciences, Leading Age Ohio, the Ohio Assisted Living Association, the Ohio Health Care Association, and the Ohio Medical Directors Association.

“We are confident that our approach provides each facility the flexibility needed to assess their readiness to safely facilitate outdoor visitation and to do so in a transparent way that keeps residents and families informed,” said Governor DeWine.

The order and related guidance will be made available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.  Questions may also be directed to the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, an office within the Ohio Department of Aging, at 1-800-282-1206. 

EXTENSION OF ORDERS:

Governor DeWine announced that he is extending existing health orders through this week as his administration finalizes vital plans to help local schools safely reopen, as well as plans to keep Ohioans healthy and safe.

“These plans will take us into the next phase, a distinct and different phase of continuing to keep Ohio open as we head into the second half of 2020,” said Governor DeWine. 

Details on this new phase are anticipated to be released on Thursday. 

POP UP TESTING SITES INCLUDES CIRCLEVILLE THURSDAY:

Kings Island Opens Thursday; Debuts New Orion Coaster

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Kings Island is set to thrill visitors following a long wait due to restrictions created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The park will open its season Thursday July 2nd.

The newest attraction is Orion, noted as one of seven giga coasters in the world. Thrill seekers experience eight hills on just over a mile-long track at speeds of 91 miles per hour. Oh, did we mention the 300-foot drop from the first hill? READ MORE ABOUT ORION

According to the Kings Island official blog, the park neat Mason, Ohio will limit capacity to only season pass holders for the first visits to the park July 2 through July 11. All other visitors will be permitted July 12. Reservations are only available through the park’s online portal, either via the park website or its mobile app.

Face coverings will be required for all guests and associates as well as answering a health assessment questionnaire and temperature check before entering the park.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Seven New Cases Reported in Ross County

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Seven new cases of coronavirus were been reported by the Ross County Health District Friday, bringing the total cases to 95 since the first case was reported March 30th, 2020.

It’s the largest new case per day increase in Ross County. The previous largest per day report was four cases on May 8th.

Of the new cases reported Friday, four are inmates at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution and the other three are Ross County residents. As of 10am Friday, no hospitalizations have been reported related to the seven new cases.

In a new release, the Ross County Health District reportedly has been working wit the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and the Ohio Department of Health in response to the increase of COVID-19 activity in the local prison institution to ensure the spread is minimized among the inmate population and workforce.

Nineteen-percent of the Ross County cases have been confirmed as “Community Spread” where the investigation could not link the positive case with exposure to other known positive cases of COVID-19, indicating the virus remains active within Ross County and all should take necessary precautions to limit the spread.

The Health District reports the average age of those affected has also dropped from 52, the average on May 1st. In the cases reported since June 1st, the average age is 36. Of the cases reported in the month of May, the average age was 48.

Statewide, as of 2pm ET Friday, Ohio had an increase of 987 cases to 48,683 with 68 additional hospitalizations and 16 deaths, now reaching 2,788.

The ten county area Litter Media has been following since the count has been taking place in March, 32 new cases were reported Friday, with Fairfield County have the most (10) bringing their total to 448 cases. The virus heavily impacted the Pickaway Corrections Institution which has contributed to Pickaway County’s high number which now 2,157.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, it is important to wash hands often, wear a face mask when in the public and while at work, stay six feet from others, and stay home while experiencing symptoms of the virus. The Ross County Health District recommends avoiding crowded areas or places where social and physical distancing is not possible, especially for those who are vulnerable or have underlying health issues.

For more information, visit the Ross County Health District and to report a COVID-19 related complaint, visit http://rosscountyhealth.org/covid-19complaint/

Goodwill Handy Helpers Introduced

Handy Helpers, Wade Warner, left, and David Horsley spread mulch after pulling weeds during the inaugural Handy Helpers appointment on Friday, June 26, 2020. (Photo submitted by Goodwill of South Central Ohio)

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Goodwill of South Central Ohio is piloting Goodwill Handy Helpers, a new program the employs those with disabilities and provide handyman like services for Ross County communities.

In a news release Friday, Goodwill Handy Helpers can be called on by any Chillicothe and Ross County resident to complete small-to-medium sized home projects such as planting flowers, mulching, raking leaves and even holiday decorating.

Donations will be accepted by recipients of services to fo toward the program.

“On the surface, Goodwill Handy Helpers is a limited handyman service for those in need, but it’s aim is to foster feelings of independence and self-worth” said Goodwill of South Central Ohio CEO Marvin Jones. “The program provides those with disabilities employment in the community where they can make connections with others, learn skills and showcase their abilities through personal interactions.”

The Goodwill Handy Helpers program is being piloted with a $25,000 grant from the Landrum Endowment Fund through the Pioneer Center/Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Foundation of Appalachia Ohio. If successful, GWSCO will look to expand the program into other parts of its eight county service area.

Appointments with Handy Helpers can be made by calling the Chillicothe Goodwill Activities and Training Center at 740-702-4009.

At right, Issac Robinson, a Goodwill Activities and Training Center activities specialist, helps Handy Helper David Horsley spread mulch during the inaugural Handy Helpers appointment on Friday, June 26, 2020. (Photo submitted by Goodwill Industries of South Central Ohio)

Scioto Society’s “Bundle of Twigs” Campaign Continues

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In April, The Scioto Society, producer of Tecumseh!, announced due to the coronavirus pandemic, the cancelling the 2020 production of the popular outdoor drama as well as the spring production of “The Sound of Music”. READ MORE HERE

June 10th, President/CEO Brandon Smith told viewers on the production’s Facebook Page the plan for raising funds to keep the local non-profit operating through a campaign called “Bundle of Twigs”. Using the premise of the Shawnee Chief’s analogy of “a single twig is easily broken, but a bundle of twigs is strong.” Hence the name of the fundraising campaign.

The Bundle of Twigs Campaign is a way for the community served by the outdoor drama and its many other productions, can help keep the story of Tecumseh alive. Smith says The Scioto Society has teamed with the Chillicothe-Ross Community Foundation with the hope of raising $100,000 by Christmas of 2020. Because The Scioto Society is a 501c3 organization, donations are tax deductible.

In the interview below, Smith visited with Litter Media while breaking the news of the cancellation of what would have been Tecumseh’s 48th season.

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Football Officiating Class Coming July 11th

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Competitive sports need some one to enforce the rules of the game. Hence the need for a referee, judge or umpire to officiate.

The Chillicothe Football Officials Association Chapter is holding a class July 11th at the Chillicothe Transit Building.

Danny Oates, recently inducted into the Ohio High School Athletic Association Officials Hall of Fame, serves as the Chapter’s Football Rules Interpreter. Oates says the cost for the class is $100 which covers a licensing fee and rule books.

Oates encourages interested persons to visit the OHSAA website to create an account to be included in their local chapter. CLICK HERE

For more details, call 740-649-9614.

In 2018, Bob Dehner, who served as an official for more than 30 years in Southern Ohio, wrote about the dwindling number of officials available for competitions in “Unsportsmanlike Conduct”. Bob talks about the need for officials in this interview with Litter Media.

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Independence Day Fireworks Displays Approved

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The “Wall of Fire” presented by the Ohio Pyro Arts Guild during the 2018 Chillicothe Fireworks display in the Yoctangee Park Annex.

Community fireworks displays received the go ahead as announced by Lt. Gov. Jon Husted during the State’s news conference on COVID-19.

However, large gatherings remain prohibited. Husted encouraged any community that plans on holding a fireworks event to do so safely.

Spectators are encouraged to find ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in small groups such as watching displays from their porches, backyards or cars. 

Communities such as Ashville and Chillicothe announced the cancellation of their annual displays as well as Red, White & Boom in Columbus which regularly draws crowds in excess of 500,000. 

Click on the photo to see the Litter Media Facebook Album from the 2018 Chillicothe Fireworks display.

Litter Media was granted special access at ground zero of the 2018 Chillicothe Fireworks display. The display was choreographed and conducted by the Ohio Pyro Art Guild. A collaboration of six cameras were used to captured the display which included the amazing “Wall of Fire” and a spectacular grand finale. Watch the entire show below.

Vintage Base Ball Returns to Adena Mansion & Gardens July 12th

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The 2018 Adena Worthingtons.

The coronavirus pandemic has limited baseball for spectators across America in 2020. The cancellation of the Prospect League season took away the Chillicothe Paints for the summer and Major League Baseball is still haggling over how to get its season underway.

Fortunately, there’s one game that’s ready to entertain… the annual vintage base ball meeting between The Ohio Village Muffins and the hometown Adena Worthingtons. The Muffins consist of enthusiasts from around Central Ohio through the Ohio History Connection while the Worthingtons are comprised of locals who have enjoyed keeping the game alive.

Litter Media’s Dan Ramey has Captained The Worthingtons since 2015. “Both teams are excited to play. This will be the first outing for The Muffins, and I know they’ll be chomping at the bit to get back on the diamond. They bested us in 2019 and we’re ready to bounce back and put on a good show for everyone.”

The Muffins lead the series 3-2.

The match is scheduled for 2pm July 12th on the grounds of Adena Mansion & Gardens. There’s no admission charge to watch the game. Spectators are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the event. There’s an explanation of how the game will be played along with player introductions before the contest.

The game is governed by rules from 1860s era base ball. One change will be wearing face coverings while playing, which may prove challenging for the participants in the summer heat.

Adena Mansion & Gardens Executive Director Kathy Styer reminds visitors to practice social distancing and wear a face covering while around other visitors. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, refreshments will NOT be available this year.

There is an admission charge for those wishing to tour the mansion with the last tour of the day conducted at 3:45pm. Visit the website for additional information, www.adenamansion.com.