Governor Plants Tree In Ross County To Memorialize COVID-19 Victims

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Governor & Mrs. DeWine plant tree at Great Seal Park

(COLUMBUS)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz were in Ross County Friday where they dedicated a new memorial tree grove in honor of the victims and survivors of COVID-19 as well as all Ohioans who made personal sacrifices to protect others amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The COVID-19 Pandemic Memorial Grove at Great Seal State Park in Chillicothe includes a grove of 15 newly planted trees surrounding a paved trail. Benches will be added to allow visitors to comfortably reflect on the toll of the pandemic, honor lives lost, pay tribute to courageous frontline workers, and recognize the selfless actions of Ohioans to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Governor DeWine selected the Great Seal State Park for the COVID-19 Pandemic Memorial Grove due to its rich history and central location. In the early 1800s, the rolling terrain in the area inspired the hills depicted in Ohio’s state seal.  

“In our state seal, the sun rises over these hills, bringing the dawn of a new day, a fresh beginning, and hope,” said Governor DeWine. “While no memorial can fully encompass the grief caused by this pandemic, we hope this grove will not only offer some solace to those who lost loved ones but also serve as a reminder of the courage and endurance of all Ohioans during this unprecedented time in our lives.”

“We will never forget the Ohioans we lost during the COVID-19 pandemic and the void left in communities across our state in which their presence is deeply missed,” said Director Mertz.  “This grove is dedicated to the cherished memory of the family members, friends, neighbors, and colleagues who have passed, where we can all find a place of peace and solace to honor and remember them in our grief.” 

During today’s ceremony, Governor DeWine, First Lady Fran DeWine, and Director Mertz planted the first tree in the new grove. The remaining trees were planted by COVID-19 survivors, families of Ohioans killed by the virus, healthcare workers, first responders, teachers, students, local community leaders, and other essential workers including representatives from the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio National Guard, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, and Ohio Emergency Management Agency.

The trees selected for the COVID-19 Pandemic Memorial Grove are all native to Ohio, including five white oaks, three redbuds, and one tree each of swamp white oak, northern red oak, chinquapin oak, hackberry, sugar maple, red maple, and flowering dogwood.

Ohio’s Great Seal State Park is located at 4908 Marietta Road in Chillicothe. The COVID-19 Pandemic Memorial Grove is located adjacent to the park’s campground. There are no admission or parking fees. 

Travel & Tourism Officials Promoting Efforts To Get Back To Business

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(CHILLICOTHE) – National Travel & Tourism Week (May 2–8) spotlights the collective strength of the U.S. travel industry. This annual celebration spotlights the critical role that travel plays in the U.S. economy. This celebratory week was created by Congress in 1983 to elevate the economic power of travel.

Additionally, this year’s celebration arrives with the opportunity to recognize the importance of travel to the U.S. economy, while initiating a post-pandemic recovery. Recent data released suggests that $766 billion was lost in U.S. tourism due to the coronavirus.

Locally, during this week of celebration, the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau would host its Tourism Banquet & Pineapple Awards as the kick-off event. This annual celebration brings tourism partners together to celebrate and prepare for the upcoming season ahead. As a safety precaution to partners, the Bureau decided to cancel the banquet for 2021 and will celebrate the week by recognizing the hard work and dedication of the local tourism industry. The Bureau will be releasing a daily video throughout the week that highlights each category of the Pineapple Awards. Additionally, the Bureau would like to thank all the individuals who volunteered, work behind the scenes and served on the front lines during the pandemic to keep tourism going in Ross County.

“Tourism is very important to the economy, not only nationally but right here in Ross County”; said Melody Young, Executive Director of the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“This past year brought hardships to many sectors due to the pandemic. Tourism was one of those sectors severely impacted, but the Ross-Chillicothe CVB is dedicated to helping drive Ross County’s recovery. It is extremely exciting to see festivals and events returning, attractions that were closed last year are reopening for their seasons this year, and new activities are being announced. It is clear; with safety precautions in place, Ross County is ready to welcome visitors this season!”

You can follow the Bureau on Facebook and Twitter to watch the videos but also to learn about attractions, events, and activities to do this year. For more information about what is happening in Chillicothe and Ross County, visit the Bureau online at VisitChillicotheOhio.com.

Return To Chillicothe Downtown Parking Enforcement Supported By Chamber Of Commerce

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(Mobile Parking App Image Supplied By Chillicothe/Ross Chamber Of Commerce)

The City of Chillicothe plans to resume downtown parking regulations enforcement in May. Parking will be enforced with an enforcement officer and monitored with refurbished meters that take coins and utilize a new mobile app that allows for easy payment for and extension of parking hours.

The Chillicothe/Ross Chamber of Commerce has published this “FAQ” letter on the merits of downtown parking meters:

We believe regular, consistent parking enforcement:

Creates traffic flow in front of businesses, allowing more visitors an opportunity to take advantage of the services offered in downtown.

Minimizes needless frustrating circles around the block to find a parking space, which also minimizes additional traffic.Allows for clear lines of sight for pedestrians and avoids blocked access for emergency services.

Pushes long-term parkers to a free, public lot (located next to Bicentennial Park off of Water Street), where they will enjoy free, limitless parking. In addition, the City has now contracted with ParkMobile to provide new meters that provide a touchless and easy way to pay for parking, while also offering a way to avoid parking tickets. Just download the mobile app and walk through the steps to pay quickly, easily, and on-demand to enjoy your Downtown Chillicothe experience.

A few frequently asked questions and statements we’ve heard:

Why are we even enforcing parking?

Safety: Parking enforcement reduces hazards in downtown. Illegally parked cars create safety hazards to pedestrians, other vehicles, and drivers, and to safety and emergency vehicles and officers.Community needs: There are a limited curbside number of spaces available in downtown, so to avoid crowded streets and abandoned vehicles, parking ordinances were created to help with these issues.

Turnover: Simply put, the parking in front of businesses should be used by customers of businesses. The essence of a thriving downtown comes down to a steady stream of visitors to the shops, restaurants, pubs, and offices in the area. By creating turnover, the number of visitors can be maximized, allowing those businesses to continue seeing a return on their investment in the downtown. Will the city manage all on-street parking? Will they issue tickets for parking violations such as loading and handicapped zones?

Yes. The parking enforcement officer will also monitor loading zones to make sure only short-term vehicles are using them and for the correct reasons. Handicapped parking violators will be cited.

The city only does this to make money.

While it is true that fines generate revenue, the intent of fines is to target habitual violators – not casual visitors. The money generated from parking fines will be minimal and is forecasted to go down over time.

This sends a bad message to downtown visitors.

It’s a far worse message when a city fails to properly manage parking. In time, traffic will flow much more freely and visitors to downtown won’t be frustrated by a lack of parking.

What if I don’t have a smartphone or a credit card?

Not a problem. The meters will continue to take coins. However, one of the great benefits of using the ParkMobile mobile app will be the convenience of adding time to your meter without having to run back to your vehicle.

Can I reserve a parking spot?

At this point, reserving a parking spot in advance is not an option. You will see the option available on the mobile app because it’s built into the framework of the app itself, but it is inoperable.

What should people who live or work downtown do?

Under city ordinance, businesses and building owners are obligated to create parking for their employees and tenants. The only free lot is located on Water Street, next to Bicentennial Park. Also, 4th Street is unmetered and can be used for parking. The Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Chillicothe are also working to make some off-street parking available to downtown residents and visitors after 5 p.m. and on weekends. In fact, the Chamber’s lot is open to the public on nights and weekends. There are other locations that make their lots available in off hours. A full list of free, off-street parking opportunities will be available soon.

And, what about those with business at the Ross County Courthouse?

Judges often advise those serving the court’s business on the areas in which they should park and handle parking fines when they encounter them. Most trips to the courthouse can be handled in the time limits for parking.

Who gets questions about parking?

The City’s Safety-Service Director, Jeff Carman, handles questions or comments about parking enforcement. He can be reached at (740) 773-2700.

Finally, this is a new way of doing things and, on occasion, change is difficult to understand in the beginning stages. Please be patient as we roll out the new procedures and enforcement.

(This document was produced by the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Downtown Chillicothe and the City of Chillicothe.)

Pike, Vinton & Franklin Counties See Improved Levels On COVID Alert Map

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Improving COVID-19 case numbers in three area counties has resulted in each being moved a step down on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System Alert Map.

Pike County has dropped from Red Level 3 to Orange Level 2, Vinton County has gone from Orange Level 2 to Yellow Level 1 with Franklin County going to Purple Level 4 to Red Level 3.

Ross, Pickaway and Fairfield counties remain at Red Level 3.

Weekly ODOT Road Construction Report

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WEEK OF MAY 3, 2021

Chillicothe, Ohio (Thursday, April 29, 2021) – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Ross County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

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

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.

NEW* Pike S.R. 32 Resurfacing – S.R. 32 will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Goff Road and S.R. 124 starting May 10 at 7 AM. Estimated completion: Fall 2021

NEW* Pike S.R. 335 Resurfacing – S.R. 335 will be reduced to one lane daily from 7 AM – 5 PM, Mon-Fri between Simmons Hollow Road and the village of Waverly beginning May 10. Traffic will be maintained using flaggers. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

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.

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 Scioto County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

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

State Route 823 routine maintenance – state Route 823 will be reduced to one, 14-foot lane in each direction daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for routine maintenance, pavement grinding, and other work as needed from May 12 to May 13. Estimated completion: May 13, by 6:30 p.m.

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 between Berry Road and Wildcat Road starting at 7:30 AM on May 4. Traffic will be detoured via S.R. 32 and U.S. 62. Estimated completion: May 4 by 3:30 PM

S.R. 32 Culvert Replacement – S.R. 32 will be reduced to one, 10-foot lane in each direction between Pine Hollow Road and Black Hollow Road starting April 26. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

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.

NEW* S.R. 125 Resurfacing – S.R. 125 will be reduced to one lane daily from 7 AM to 5 PM between Gillette Station Road and the Clermont County Line starting May 3. Traffic will be maintained using flaggers. Estimated completion: Fall 2021

State Route 125 bridge replacement at Georgetown – S.R. 125 may be restricted to one lane to complete construction on the White Oak Creek bridge replacement project, with traffic maintained using flaggers as needed. Restrictions, when needed, will be in effect daily from 7 AM to 5 PM. Estimated completion: Spring 2021

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 May 17. 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 May 3 approximately 1.5 miles east of Big Paddy Road. Traffic will be detoured via S.R. 218, S.R. 553, and S.R. 7. Estimated completion: May 7 by 5 PM

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

Pickaway County Road Reports

U.S. Route 62

CONTINUING IMPACTS
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.

Vinton County Road Reports

SR 683 culvert replacement – A culvert replacement project begins on May 3 on SR 683, between Zion Road (County Road 37) and Township Road 27. The road will be closed. ODOT’s detour is SR 93 to U.S. 50. Estimated completion: May 4, 2021

Wild Turkey Festival – U.S. 50 will be closed in the Village of McArthur for the Wild Turkey Festival, being held from May 5-9.

Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival May 6th-9th

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Photo From Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival Facebook

The Wild Turkey Festival returns to downtown McArthur, Ohio May 6-9, 2021 with amusement rides, food, and free family entertainment.

The festival includes activities such as great nightly entertainment on the stage, carnival rides and games, a car show, the Grand Parade, and queen and baby contests.

Entertainment contests get started Thursday, May 6th on the Main Stage with karaoke. At 8pm is the Open Division Female Contest, followed at 9pm with the Open Division Male Contest. The open division must be 21 years of age or older. Prize money will be fiven to top three finishers. Call or text (614) 517-2147 to enter. Entries will be limited, so register early.

The schedule for musical entertainment includes:

May 7th- Eric Atkinson at 7pm and The Michelle Robinson Band at 9pm.

On May 8th- The Nostalgics Big Band at 3pm, The Chase Band at 7:30pm, followed by Red Planet at 9pm.

The Baby Contest is Sunday, May 9th at 1pm.

McArthur is located on U.S. Route 50 in Vinton County.