Make Canal Park A Destination On Your Next Visit To Circleville

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If you are into hiking, canoeing, a going on a picnic, you might consider Canal Park a place to visit on your next trip to the Circleville area.

Canal Park is approximately 16 acres, located along the Scioto River. This park features historic canal features, a walking path and scenic views of the Scioto River.

Located only two miles south-west of Circleville on Canal Road, Canal Park has a large open shelter house that can be reserved for events. The park also has a fire pit, a large flat greenspace, historic canal features, access to the Scioto River, a two-mile Towpath Trail and a 0.3 mile Scioto River Trail.

It is a great destination for picnicking, hiking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, as well as those wanting to see a historic piece of the Ohio–Erie Canal.  All of which is pet friendly.

Trails:

Map of Canal Park

New Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program

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(COLUMBUS) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced the launch of a new grant program that will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the future of water infrastructure across the state.

The Ohio Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program, which is part of Governor DeWine’s initiative to strategically invest in Ohio’s future, is open to public and non-public entities that operate water systems across the state, with emphasis placed on addressing the needs of economically disadvantaged communities.  

“It is wrong that there are places in this state where clean water is not readily available, where sewage systems are crumbling, and where much-needed improvements are long overdue,” said Governor DeWine. “Working with our local leaders, we’re going to invest in the Ohio communities that need significant infrastructure upgrades to ensure that they have access to clean, safe drinking water and reliable sewer infrastructure.”

Grants Now Open

The Ohio Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program will award approximately $250 million to provide safe, reliable drinking water in areas that lack infrastructure, bring sewage treatment capacity to unsewered areas, and develop regional infrastructure to serve multiple communities.

The Ohio General Assembly funded the grant program in House Bill 168, sponsored by State Representatives Mark Fraizer (R-Newark) and Mike Loychik (R-Bazetta), with money that was appropriated through the American Rescue Plan Act. Governor DeWine signed the bill into law in June. 

“Investments in critical infrastructure have long-term benefits for our communities,” said Lydia Mihalik, Director of the Ohio Department of Development.  “It will make Ohio more competitive for business development projects, while also improving the quality of life for our residents.”

“This program will make a difference in our communities and in the lives of Ohioans,” said Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson. “Many Ohio communities need this assistance to help their water and wastewater infrastructure projects move forward.”

Water and wastewater construction projects are eligible for up to $5 million in grant funding, and infrastructure engineering design projects are eligible for up to $250,000. Examples of water infrastructure constructions projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Sewer/wastewater treatment plant improvements/expansion
  • New/replacement sanitary sewer lines
  • Excess sanitary sewer infiltration/inflow correction
  • Improvements to public drinking water treatment facilities
  • Drinking water line improvements or extensions
  • Repair, replacement, and construction of drinking water storage towers

The Ohio Department of Development, with support from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, is administering the Ohio Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program.  The application, program guidelines, and a list of FAQ about the grant process are available at InvestinginOhiosFuture.Ohio.gov. Applications will be accepted until all the funding is depleted. 

Small Tornado Confirmed In Pickaway County

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(Wilmington) — The National Weather Service, with assistance and support from the Pickaway County Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office and Pic-A-Fay Fire Department confirms a brief and weak tornado touched down near New Holland during the afternoon of Thursday, July 29, 2021.

Based on aerial footage and photos, the tornado appears to have initially touched down in a field just northwest of Dick Road, crossing Dick Road and producing damage on a farm. Some roof damage was noted on the single story residence on Dick Road, while a large outbuilding was destroyed.

Aerial footage confirmed evidence of the tornado in the grass and field between Dick Road and Mouser Road. Debris from the outbuilding was also scattered throughout the field between Dick Road and Mouser Road. Additional damage occurred on a property on Mouser Road where two barns were completely destroyed.

The tornado is believed to have lifted shortly after destroying the barns on Mouser Road. While the tornado lifted before reaching US Route 22, debris from the destroyed Mouser Road barns was thrown about one quarter mile and was noted on the other side of US 22.

Based on an evaluation of the damage, winds associated with this brief tornado were around 85 mph. Additional storm damage within the village of New Holland was a result of straight-line winds.

Pike Community Action Teams With SSU For Student Loan Workshop

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The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Financial Literacy Programs of the Workforce & Business Development Program at Community Action Committee of Pike County will be partnering with Shawnee State University to offer an evening workshop reviewing the various options regarding student loan information available to new, current, and graduated students.

This workshop will be held at the OhioMeansJobs Career Center at 941 Market Street in Piketon from 5pm to 7pm on August 18th.  

Tracy Rice, Instructor at Shawnee State will be instructing the workshop covering the types of student loans, the importance of FAFSA, grants, payment options, discharges/forgiveness, and Scholarships. This workshop is no cost to anyone who wishes to attend; however, registration is required.  

To register for this class, please contact Ashley Stewart at (740) 289 – 2371 ext. 7034 or email astewart@pikecac.org.  

Pike County Fair Is Here For 2021

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The Annual Pike County Fair gets underway with activities Friday, June 30th and runs through Saturday, August 7th.

Harness racing takes place the evening of July 30th and noon on Saturday, June 31st.

Most of the livestock judging get underway on Monday.

The Pike County Fairgrounds are located on the east side of Piketon, off U.S. Route 23.

For a complete schedule of activities at the 2021 Pike County Fair, CLICK HERE:

Highland County Changes Date On Electronics/Tire Recycling Day

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Highland County has changed the date for their electronics & tire recycling event. The new date will be September 25th at the Highland County Community Action Lot between 8am-noon. This is a change from their original date of October 2nd.

For event rules, you can find the acceptable electronics list, by going to www.ait-recycle.com

Unacceptable electronics include but are not limited to ammunition, asbestos, explosives, medical supplies, freon and hazardous waste.

Miscellaneous tires and TV’s will be priced on site.

State law prohibits more than 10 tires being transported at a time unless you have registered with the EPA.

Due to high demand, they will stop accepting items when containers are full, as it will be a first come first serve basis.

Recycling Fees:
First 5 passenger tires are free.

Beyond that:
Each passenger tire is $4 each
Truck tires 19.5-24.5 are $12 each
Farm tractor tires $40 each
OTR tires will be priced on site
CRT monitors are $5 each
Large printers $5 each
LED & LCD TV’s $20 each
All other TV’s $30 each

Fayette County will be doing an “electronics only” event at 1580 Robinson Road SE in Washington Court House on November 12th from 8am-2pm.

The RPHF Solid Waste Management District website is www.rphfsolidwastedistrict.com 

Circleville Considers Adding DORA Ordinance

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The Circleville City Council Judicial Committee has set into motion legislation which could lead to a Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area, also known as DORA.

The next step has the city law director writing legislation that will go to the full city council for their vote.

A DORA allows people to carry alcoholic beverages inside of a designated area that are purchased inside restaurants or taverns.

The proposal is for Circleville’s downtown area, including businesses on Court Street, Main Street, Watt Street, Franklin Street, Pickaway Street and Scioto Street.

It was decided to have the DORA in place each Thursday through Saturday, with the exception of the week of the Circleville Pumpkin Show. That the event would be from 5pm-10pm on Thursdays and Fridays and noon to 10pm on Saturdays.

Zane Trace Athletic Complex Gets New Scoreboard

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Coach Heath Hinton’s Pioneers finish up their final day of summer camp in the foreground of the new Zane Trace scoreboard. Dan Ramey/Litter Media
A look at the scoreboard from the Litter Media Drone. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

When the Zane Trace football and Soccer teams hit the field this season, fans will see a new scoreboard.

“It’s something we needed and we knew it could only be done by booster and sponsorship support” Rod Detillion told Litter Media. 

The scoreboard was purchased with private dollars through sponsorship support and no school funds were used. 

Detillion and David Zeigler, who have worked together in the Zane Trace press box for years got the ball in motion, drumming up sponsorship. 

“A big selling point was, the sponsors were assured they’d be a part of the board for its lifetime” said Detillion, as opposed to a three or five year commitment. 

“It’s a great addition to our complex” said Athletic Director Andy Merriman. “We’re celebrating 50 years of varsity football at Zane Trace and the scoreboard make it look really nice.”

Merriman says the previous scoreboard was ready for replacement. “We’d bought it used and come Friday night, we’d keep our fingers crossed that it wouldn’t shut down on us.” Detillion agreed “There were times it was right up to game time whether we knew it would light up. I really want to thanks our sponsors for stepping up and helping make this happen.” 

A tribute to a longtime Pioneer is emblazened in the middle of the scoreboard reading “In Memory of: James L. “Pete” Dunkle” who passed away last school year. Dunkle was a former Zane Trace Principal and Superintendent and supporter of Pioneer Athletics.

The Pioneers will host Alexander for their 2021 Foundation Game August 13th. The regular season begins on the road at Logan Elm August 20th with the home opener set for week later with Madison Plains.

The new scoreboard pays tribute to former educator and longtime Pioneers supporter Pete Dunkle. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

Shawnee State Forest To Get Additional Acres

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(COLUMBUS) —The Nature Conservancy and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry are partnering to acquire and conserve 404 acres of important forest land in southern Ohio. The project is a significant step in an ongoing effort led by TNC, the global conservation nonprofit, to conserve a band of unprotected forest between TNC’s 20,000-acre Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve and the DOF’s 64,700-acre Shawnee State Forest.

The project will lead to 2,585 acres being acquired as part of the Forest Legacy Program.  Protecting land here is a key tenet of TNC’s vision to safeguard one of Ohio’s most intact large-scale forest areas. A corridor of conserved lands will allow plants and wildlife to move and adapt over time, maintain working forests that contribute to the local economy, provide recreation opportunities, and help fortify one of the most biologically diverse forests in the Midwest.

Some of the land will become part of Shawnee State Forest, while other parcels will be retained by TNC with DOF providing additional protection by holding a conservation easement. The land to be purchased by the state lies at the western border of Shawnee State Forest, an area known as ‘the Little Smokies of Ohio,’ in reference to the Great Smoky Mountains and the sometimes fog-capped ridges created by the moisture-laden air and dense forest. The Buckeye Trail runs through this land.

The joint protection effort is funded by $4.5 million in federal grants through the Forest Legacy Program, which is a partnership program between the USDA Forest Service and the Ohio Division of Forestry. The program aims to prevent conversion of important forestland to non-forest uses, maintaining the multiple benefits those forests provide.

 “This project is a perfect fit for the Forest Legacy Program, as it protects highly strategic working forests in the Shawnee region that is so important to Ohio for its many benefits,” said Cotton Randall, Forest Legacy Program coordinator for the Ohio Division of Forestry (DOF).

“Where permanent protection represents the first, most visible step, it’s not the only action needed to conserve Ohio’s forests long-term,” says Terry Seidel, director of land protection for TNC Ohio. “Connection to other, adjacent forestland is paramount if we want to maintain and enhance the many benefits our forest systems provide such as recreation, water quality, sustainable timber and climate change mitigation. We prioritize acquiring land in places that build on existing protected areas and encourage other private forestland owners to manage their lands in ways that support the long-term health and sustainability of the forest.”

Investments in conservation through initiatives like the Forest Legacy Program are powerful drivers of economic growth that multiply local, state, and national economies. According to a recent study conducted by researchers at the Ohio State University, in an average year there are 171 million outdoor recreation trips in Ohio. These trips infuse $5.9 billion in spending into the state’s economy every year. All told, approximately 132,000 Ohioans are employed in the outdoor recreation sector, which contributes $8.1 billion to our economy. Ohio’s forests also contribute through the forest products industry, which contributes $27.2 billion annually in economic impact. Programs like the Forest Legacy Program help ensure Ohio’s forests can sustainably support both people and nature.

“Never Give Up” 5K Color Run/Walk Coming To Pike County

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The Pike County Suicide Prevention Coalition will be conducting their Never Give Up 5K Color Run/Walk on August 14th at Waverly High School, at 1 Tiger Drive.

This course is the High School Cross Country Course. Mainly on blacktop, flat, and is full sun.

Early Registration is $20 and you will receive a t-shirt if registered by July 29, 2021, Registration after noon on July 30th will be $25 and you will not receive a t-shirt.

Prizes will be given for First, Second, and Third Place runners in the following categories

12 years old and under boys, 12 years old and under girls

13-19 years old boys, 13-19 years old girls

20-50 years old men, 20-50 years old women

50 years old and up men, 50 years old and up women, Overall in men, Overall in women

For more information on registration, CLICK HERE…