“Jump Start” Literacy Program Responding To Early Elementary Education Needs

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The program has been developed in conjunction with school staff, and is being taught by Paint Valley Elementary teachers. Jump Start includes specific instruction in both reading and math, with science and social studies being integrated into these other subjects. Jump Start classes started in June and will run through July.

(Photo Courtesy of Chillicothe-Ross Community Foundation)
Watch Litter Media’s visit with Amanda Graham from the Chillicothe-Ross Community Foundation, Paint Valley Elementary Principal Misty Ewry and Chillicothe Paints infielder Alex Ludwick.

The Chillicothe-Ross Community Foundation in partnership with Paint Valley Elementary School is responding to educational needs in early elementary children, some of which have been magnified by the pandemic, with a pilot summer literacy program called- “Jump Start”.

In addition to classroom instruction, children will be provided both breakfast and lunch and will participate in enrichment activities each day. Meals will be provided through a partnership with Ross County Community Action. Partners for the enrichment activities will include Bainbridge Fire Department, Paxton EMS, YMCA of Ross County, PVHS Science Department, Tecumseh, Chillicothe Paints and Ross County Parks Department.

Research indicates that low-income students lose more than two months of reading achievement during the summer school break, slowing their progress toward third grade reading proficiency. This loss also exacerbates the achievement gap between them and their middle-class peers, who generally make achievement gains in reading during the summer months. By fifth-grade, low-income students are generally 2.5 – 3 years behind their middle-class peers. Both the “summer slide” and the overall achievement gap are expected to be larger in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 74% of students who fail to read proficiently by the end of third grade falter in the later grades and often drop out before earning a high school diploma.

High-quality summer learning programs are shown to reduce the “summer slide” and decrease the achievement gap between low-income and middle-income students. The most effective programs are taught by experienced instructors utilizing designated curriculum in both reading and math and include enrichment activities beyond classroom learning.

The success of the program will be determined by comparing spring state test scores with fall state test scores for each participating student.

Area Independence Fireworks Shows

Presented By Rathkamp Financial

As the July 4th holiday weekend approaches, many people wanting to watch community fireworks exhibits will have several to choose from in the Scioto Valley region.

With Columbus’ “Red, White and Boom” postponed from their typical July 3rd show, it makes smaller communities more of the places to be to celebrate America’s Independence holiday weekend.

The City of Columbus says there is a possibility they could conduct their show later in 2021, although nothing official has been determined.

For Chillicothe’s July 4th fireworks, the city had already approved $15,000 for the show, as they have in recent years. Mayor Luke Feeney says this year’s donations have been very good.

The restricted area for Chillicothe’s Yoctangee Park.
The map for getting in and out of Yoctangee Park in Chillicothe.

As a side note, the Jeep Fest will also be taking place during the day July 4th at the Ross County Fairgrounds. But, Mayor Feeney added that Jeep Fest won’t be ramped up in the city as big as 2019 due to the lack of planning time, since we are just coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

The 2021 City of Chillicothe fireworks will be on the 4th of July at approximately 9:45pm. 

The best place to observe the fireworks is from the floodwall in the park.  

Those viewing from the floodwall should not place tents or other items that will completely block the blacktop portion of the wall. Blocking the path creates a safety hazard for those trying to walk and hampers emergency personnel from getting through.  

After fireworks are over, traffic will be under the direction of police officers and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. See attached map for details on traffic patterns.   There will be NO left turns for N/B traffic on High St. and Yoctangee Parkway.   Police Officers on bikes, UTVs and cruisers will be providing security and traffic control.   Please see attached map.  

As always, no alcohol is to be consumed in Yoctangee Park. Illegal/prohibited Fireworks are also strictly prohibited as we want everyone to have a safe 4th. We also discourage the public from setting off explosive fireworks in neighborhoods as it disturbs animals and residents alike. 

The Chillicothe Fire Department has also asked fireworks viewers to stay out of restricted areas, this includes the waterway behind the city park annex, which will be patrolled.  See attached map provided by the FD.  The annex will be closed in the early morning of the 4th to allow setup.   

We remind everyone not to drink and drive and have a designated driver.  If ride share is available, it should be utilized, along with local Taxi services.   

Here is a list of area Independence fireworks shows still planned for 2021:

(July 2)
The Chillicothe Country Club will be having their annual Fireworks. Only members are allowed on the property, but they encourage everyone to find a spot off of the property where you can enjoy the show. 

(July 3)
Washington Court House
Hillsboro
Wellston
Portsmouth
Chillicothe Paints (after the game)

(July 4th)
Chillicothe
Ashville

(July 5th)
Lancaster

Most of the shows begin at 10pm at the latest, with some starting at dusk.

Commerce’s FY22 Cemetery Grant Fund Applications Available

Presented By Classic Brands

(COLUMBUS) – The Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing is pleased to announce the application period for the FY 2022 Cemetery Grant Program is now open. The FY 2022 grant cycle has $130,000 in funding available to help Ohio cemeteries with upkeep and operation costs. 

The Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing, which regulates cemeteries’ proper maintenance and operation, started accepting applications on July 1.

“Over the past two years, we witnessed the positive impact the Cemetery Grant Program has had on many Ohio cemeteries, and we are excited for a competitive FY 2022 round of applicants,” said Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing Superintendent Anne Petit.

Registered, non-profit cemeteries may apply for the grant, which is funded by $1 of every $2.50 from the burial permit fees received by the Division. This year’s grant applications may only be submitted online by visiting: https://cemeterygrants.com.ohio.gov/

“Cemeteries are significant to our communities; this funding can help with the upkeep cost, necessary repairs, and equipment to maintain safe operations,” said Superintendent Petit. “I encourage all cemeteries to take advantage of this funding to help preserve the history of Ohio cemeteries.” 

Applications for FY 2022 Cemetery Grant will be accepted through August 2, 2021. 

For additional information please review our FY 2022 Cemetery Grant instruction package orplease contact the Division at CemeteryGrants@com.state.oh.us.

Mountain Summer Film Series

Presented By Hometown-Motors, Inc.

Brandon Smith at Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre

The producers of the outdoor drama “Tecumseh!” have announced the lineup for their Movies on the Mountain Film Series. 

Scioto Society CEO Brandon Smith says- “There is a limit of 300 of these tickets available, and this is made possible by a generous silent donor.”

The Ross Chillicothe Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Scioto Society Present: Movies on the Mountain, using a brand new state of the art projector, combined with the largest movie screen in Ross County for six evenings of outdoor movie magic.

Tickets are limited, so buy them in advance to secure your spot. Refreshments will be available throughout the evening.  Simply use code:  FREEMOVIE when you buy your tickets and two of them will be absolutely free. Call the Tecumseh ticket office for more information at (740) 775-0700.

Here is this summer’s Movies on the Mountain lineup:
July 11- Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
July 18- Sunset Boulevard
August 8- The Karate Kid
August 15- Easy Rider
August 22- Dumbo
August 29- Casablanca 

All movies start at 8:30pm, so it’s dark enough to see the screen.

Booze and Boating are a Risky Combination

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(COLUMBUS) – When hitting the water this holiday weekend, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reminds everyone that boating and alcohol are a dangerous combination.  Operation Dry Water puts a focus on staying sober while boating on Ohio waterways over the July 4th holiday weekend.

“Boating under the influence puts everyone on your boat and everyone on the water around you in danger,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “The best way to enjoy a safe July 4th holiday is by leaving the alcohol at home and reminding everyone on board to wear a life jacket.”

Operation Dry Water (ODW) is a national year-round campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence.  The 2021 awareness and enforcement three-day weekend will take place July 2-4. ODNR natural resource officers will be focusing their efforts this holiday weekend to keep impaired boaters off Ohio waterways.  Officers will also be educating people on the importance of sober boating. 

In Ohio, alcohol is involved in nearly a quarter of all fatal boating accidents.  Just like driving a car, it is illegal in Ohio to operate a boat with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. Operating a boat under the influence carries serious penalties such as being arrested and having the boat impounded.

Alcohol impairs a boater’s judgement, vision, and reaction time. Alcohol also increases fatigue. Common stressors, such as sun, wind, vibration, and motion, can intensify the side effects of alcohol, drugs, and some medications.
Alcohol use is dangerous for passengers as well. Intoxicated passengers can easily slip, fall overboard, or suffer other life-threatening injuries.

Watch this video for steps to take to keep everyone safe on the water.

Coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, Operation Dry Water is a national crackdown on impaired boating. Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths, and a leading factor in recreational boating accidents, according to the U.S Coast Guard’s 2019 boating statistics.

The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft administers Ohio’s boating programs. Funding to support local marine patrol units comes from the state’s Waterways Safety Fund, which is comprised of the state motor fuel tax, watercraft registration and titling fees, as well as funds provided by the U.S. Coast Guard.