Scioto Valley Youth League Celebrates 60 Years

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Opening Day for the Scioto Valley Youth League gets underway Saturday, April 17th with a full day of activities on Sullivan Field at Mary Lou Patton Park.

The SVYL is in their 60th year of operation, having started at the Douglas Avenue diamond in 1961, with the late Ruby Jenkins and Zeb Ginther spearheading a group of men in the effort to get the Scioto Valley Youth League started.

Thousands of children have played in the league over the decades, including many who went on to successful college and even professional sports careers along with others that became leaders themselves in area communities.

There are currently 12 organizations at SVYL, each with three teams that represent three age groups, totaling 36 teams and over 400 kids.

Open Day games get underway at 8:30am on April 17th, with six games on the schedule. Open Day ceremonies will take place between games in the middle of the day.

Scioto Valley Youth League spokesperson Eric Beam says they play games six days per week, and typically wrap up their season and tournaments by the end of June, which is the way the league has scheduled games for the past 60 years.

In recent years, youth softball has been added to the SVYL activities at Mary Lou Patton Park, which over the years has also involved youth football and cheerleading.

Highland Care-A-Van Taking COVID-19 Vaccine Mobile

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

The Highland County Health Department will be doing Mobile Covid-19 Vaccine clinics throughout Highland County in their new Care-A-Van. 

The mobile unit will be offering the Moderna Vaccine. 

There is no cost, no appointment needed. The Care-A-Van Mobile Vaccine Clinic will be appear in April at the following locations:

(4/21/21)

10am-12pm at Rocky Fork’s Joey’s Pizza

12:30pm-2pm in Marshall

(4/28/21)

10am-11am at the Bufford Community Building

11:30am-1pm at Pricetown Church of Christ

1:30pm- 2:30pm at Allensburg Church of Christ

State Scholarship Program Aims To Keep H.S. Grads In Ohio For College Education

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(Graph Courtesy of Choose Ohio First)

More than half of college grads stay in their alma mater’s state, which is why state educators and government leaders are doing more to encourage Ohio high school students to enroll in Ohio colleges and universities.

The Choose Ohio First Scholarship provides funding to keep our STEM students right here.

The Choose Ohio First Scholarship is designed to significantly strengthen Ohio’s competitiveness within STEMM disciplines and STEMM education. 

Choose Ohio First awards competitive scholarship funding to Ohio’s colleges and universities to support undergraduate and qualifying graduate students in innovative academic programs. Designated Choose Ohio First programs are:

  • Integrated with regional economies
  • Meeting statewide educational needs
  • Facilitating the completion of baccalaureate degrees in cost effective manners
  • Recruiting underrepresented STEMM student groups including women and students of color

Choose Ohio First funds higher education and business collaborations that will have the most impact on Ohio’s position in world markets such as aerospace, medicine, computer technology and alternative energy. These collaborations will ultimately produce substantive improvements to the pipeline of STEMM graduates and STEMM educators in Ohio.

Choose Ohio First is part of a strategic effort to bolster Ohio’s economic strength by ensuring a ready workforce for STEMM-Related industries.

Pickaway/Ross Teachers Honored With State Award

Presented By Atomic Speedway

Two teachers from the Pickaway/Ross Career & Technology Center are in the news for their state award, according to the school’s Career Tech Matters newsletter. 

Now those gifts have been recognized as Tea McCaulla and Donna Patrick have been chosen as the recipients of the 2021 Ohio ACTE Outstanding Educator in Community Service Award.

Superintendent Dennis Franks says the job these two teachers have performed highlights the strong teaching ethic that both have brought to their school. “When I hired Tea McCaulla and Donna Patrick ahead of the 2015-16 school year, I knew each was a strong teacher in her respective subject. I don’t know that I could have foreseen the gifts they would bring to our school and the community.”

Both teachers were nominated by Erika Konowalow, the district’s Public Relations coordinator.

Tea McCaulla (left) and Donna Patrick (right)- Photo Courtesy of Pickaway/Ross Career & Technology Center

The newsletter points to the fact that all of Donna’s Cosmetology students have Tea as their English teacher and that creates a foundation for the women and their students to work together. 

In her nomination, Erika Konowalow cited the collaborative nature of their friendship with Tea bringing her passion for recognizing veterans through the Veterans History Project to the campus and Donna’s initiating the Career-Tech Kids Day, a free half-day career camp for second- through eighth-graders. 

“Each woman has worked to help the other with these projects. For several years, the women were SkillsUSA co-advisors and under their guidance, chapter members created a healing garden at the Chillicothe VA. The garden includes multiple benches made by students in our programs,” Erika wrote in her nomination.

Konowalow said both teachers exemplify what all quality CTE teachers do, get involved in their community and make a difference in the lives of all of the students they impact and influence.

“Tea and I work as a team — as lead or support — to accomplish each project we do along with the help of our students. Our projects are genuinely from the heart. The biggest reward of all is teaming up with our students to give back to our community with each project we do,” Donna said.

The award is appreciated but the pair is most pleased by the involvement of their students in the community service projects.

“Providing students with opportunities to give back to their communities is a vital part of my teaching,” Tea said. “These projects show students how they can help others by using their skills while also building lasting relationships with other students, organizations and businesses. 

“It never gets old when I hear a former student who has returned to help with one of our community service projects say, ‘Do you remember when…?”    

Jason Vesey, director of Secondary Education, said community service benefits students.

“While teaching career-technical skills are always at the foundation of what we do at Pickaway-Ross, it is equally important to provide students with opportunities to serve their community. These two teachers round out the student experience with community involvement activities that go beyond the classroom,” he said.

Tea McCaulla and Donna Patrick will be presented with their award at the Ohio ACTE Annual Conference in July.

Weekly ODOT Area Road Reports

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WEEK OF APRIL 19, 2021

Chillicothe, Ohio (Thursday, April 15, 2021) – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Ross County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

NEW* State Route 104 Resurfacing – S.R. 104 will be reduced to one lane daily between Fairgrounds Road and the Pickaway County Line from 7 AM to 5 PM, Mon-Fri starting April 19. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

NEW* State Route 28 Resurfacing – S.R. 28 will be reduced to one lane daily from 7 AM to 5 PM between S.R. 138 and Harper Station Road starting April 15. Traffic will be maintained using flaggers. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

Scioto Trails State Park Culvert Replacement – Scioto Trails Forest Road 5 will be closed for 60 days near the intersection with Stony Creek Road starting March 22. Estimated completion: Spring 2021

Tar Hollow State Park Slide Repair – Park Road 10 will be closed for 30 days in Tar Hollow State Park for a slide repair project starting March 15 at 7 AM. Estimated completion:May 14.

Ross County Guardrail Replacement – Various county roads will be reduced to one lane daily from 7 AM to 5 PM starting March 1. Traffic will be maintained using flaggers.Estimated completion: Summer 2021

U.S. 23 Slide Repair – U.S. 23 northbound will experience intermittent single-lane closures south of S.R. 372. Restrictions will be set up as needed for construction. When in effect, restrictions will occur between 7 AM and 5 PM. Estimated completion: Spring 2021

The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Pike County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

U.S. 23 Signal Upgrade – U.S. 23 will be reduced to one lane in each direction daily from 7 AM to 5 PM on either side of the intersection with Second Street immediately south of the village of Waverly beginning March 24. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

S.R. 772 Slide Repair – S.R. 772 will be reduced to one, 13-foot lane between S.R. 124 and McKinney Road starting March 15 at 7 AM. Traffic will be maintained using temporary signals. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

Pike Lake State Park Resurfacing – Various park roads in Pike Lake State Park will be reduced to one lane daily from 7 AM – 5 PM starting March 15. Traffic will be maintained using flaggers. Estimated completion: Spring 2021

S.R. 32/Shyville Road Intersection Improvement – Beginning March 15, traffic lanes on S.R. 32 will be shifted in advance of construction of a new RCUT intersection design. S.R. 32 is reduced to one lane in each direction immediately east and west of the Shyville Road intersection. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Highland County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

NEW* S.R. 28/S.R. 138/S.R. 753 Resurfacing – This project will resurface portions of three routes in Highland County starting April 19: S.R. 28 between Leesburg and Greenfield; S.R. 138 between 7th Street and Jefferson Street in the village of Greenfield; S.R. 753 between Snake Road and McKell Avenue. The affected routes will be reduced to one lane daily from 7 AM to 5 PM during construction. Traffic will be maintained using flaggers. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

U.S. 62 Resurfacing – U.S. 62 will be reduced to one lane between the village of Hillsboro and Warlamount Road daily from 7 AM to 5 PM starting March 29. Traffic will be maintained using temporary signals. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Fayette County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

U.S. Route 62 intersection safety – Add new left turn lanes on U.S. 62 at the SR 38 intersection. Estimated completion: Spring 2021

The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Pickaway County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

U.S. Route 62 Bridge Replacement – The U.S. 62 bridge over Deer Creek will close starting Monday, March 15 through September 2021 for bridge replacement. Detour: U.S. 62 to I-71 to SR 56 to U.S. 62 or reverse.

The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Scioto County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

NEW* State Route 73 Culvert Replacement – S.R. 73 will be closed east of Carey’s Run – Pond Creek Road on April 16 at 7 AM. Traffic will be detoured via S.R. 348 and S.R. 104.Estimated completion: April 16 by 7 PM

NEW* State Route 73 Culvert Replacement – S.R. 73 will be closed east of Jacquays Run Road on April 14 at 7 AM. Traffic will be detoured via S.R. 348 and S.R. 104. Estimated completion: April 14 by 7 PM

U.S. 52 Culvert replacements – This project will replace two culverts along U.S. 52 starting April 1. The first culvert is located east of Upper Twin Creek Road. The second culvert is located between Pond Run Road and Ziegler Lane. Construction for both culverts will occur simultaneously. For both locations, traffic on U.S. 52 will be maintained in one lane using temporary signals. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

Riverfront Multi-Use Path – This project will construct a multi-use path between Front Street and Offnere Street beginning April 1. Traffic on affected city streets and school roads will be maintained in one lane using flaggers as needed. Restrictions may occur daily between 7:30 AM and 5 PM. Estimated completion: Fall 2021

U.S. 23/Feurt Hill Road Intersection Improvement – Feurt Hill Road may be reduced to one lane as needed during construction, with traffic maintained using flaggers. Two lanes in each direction will be maintained on U.S. 23 throughout construction. Estimated completion: Fall 2021

The following construction and maintenance projects are anticipated to affect highways in Adams County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

NEW* S.R. 136 Culvert Replacement – S.R. 136 will be closed form 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM on April 20 approximately half a mile south of Stout Road. Traffic will be detoured via S.R. 32 and U.S. 62. Estimated completion: April 20 by 3:30 PM.

S.R. 32 Resurfacing – S.R. 32 will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Tranquility Pike and S.R. 73 starting April 5. Estimated completion: Fall 2021

District-wide Reflective Pavement Marker Installation – Currently working in Adams County. Beginning March 22, work will commence on various routes throughout the district from 7 AM to 5 PM daily. Traffic on two lane roadways will be maintained in one lane using flaggers. Traffic on four lane roadways will be maintained in at least one lane in each direction during work hours. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Brown County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

U.S. 52 Culvert Replacement – U.S. 52 will be reduced to one lane between Elk River Road and Logan Gap Road starting April 12 at 7 AM. Traffic will be maintained using temporary signals. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

S.R. 41 Slide Repair – S.R. 41 will be reduced to one lane between Meffords Run Road and Catbird Lane starting at 7 AM on April 19. Traffic will be maintained using temporary signals. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

Village of Aberdeen Sidewalk Upgrades – This project will install new pedestrian facilities in the village of Aberdeen at the intersection of U.S. 52 and Elm Street starting March 29. Traffic on U.S. 52 will be maintained in one lane in each direction throughout construction, with minor traffic impacts possible. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

The following construction and maintenance projects are anticipated to affect highways in Lawrence County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

NEW* S.R. 775 Double Bridge Replacement – S.R. 775 will be reduced to one lane north and south of Venisonham-Camp Branch Road beginning April 28. The road will be closed for this construction. Traffic on C.R. 64 (Venisonham-Camp Branch Road) will be maintained in one lane using temporary signals for construction of the bridge immediately south of the intersection. During periods of closure, traffic will be detoured via S.R. 141, S.R. 378, and S.R. 217. Estimated completion: Fall 2021

NEW* S.R. 217 Slide Repair – S.R. 217 will be closed for five days beginning April 26 approximately one mile east of Big Paddy Road. Traffic will be detoured via S.R. 218, S.R. 553, and S.R. 7. Estimated completion: April 30 by 5 PM

S.R. 243/S.R. 378 Resurfacing – This project will resurface segments of both S.R. 243 and S.R. 378, as well as replace a culvert on S.R. 378. Traffic on the affected routes will be reduced to one lane daily from 7 AM to 5 PM beginning April 1. Traffic will be maintained using flaggers. Estimated completion: Fall 2021

U.S. 52 Bridge Repair and Maintenance – This project will perform various maintenance and repair work to several bridges along U.S. 52 starting April 1. Traffic will be maintained in one, 10-foot lane in each direction of U.S. 52 throughout construction. This project will include two, 14-day ramp closures at the U.S. 52/S.R. 93 interchange. During the ramp closures, traffic will be detoured via U.S. 52 and S.R. 141. Estimated completion: Fall 2021

State Route 7 Rockslide Remediation – S.R. 7 southbound between Buffalo Creek Road and Tallow Ridge Road is reduced to one, 12-foot lane. Additional traffic control measures may be necessary as construction progresses. Estimated completion: Spring 2021