Cincinnati Art Museum “Monuments Men” Exhibit Has Local Ties

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WATCH Margaret Planton talk about the exhibit featuring the work of her father, Walter Farmer and the Monuments Men who worked to save masterpieces during World War II. The exhibit is on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum through October 3rd, 2021.

The father of former Chillicothe Mayor Margaret Planton is the theme of a Cincinnati Art Museum exhibit that details the work of Captain Walter Farmer’s role at the end of World War II, as he helped retrieve valuable German art works that had been confiscated by the Nazis.

Captain Farmer was attached to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, when in June of 1945 he saw the stories about art work discovered in salt mines, where the Nazis hid them after taking them from the Berlin Art Museum.

He transferred to the “Monuments Men”, which Wiesbaden Collecting Point, which is where the art was being received out of the salt mines.

He needed someone who spoke German, French and Dutch, and hired a German woman, who would later become Mrs. Walter Farmer and years later, gave birth to Margaret.

In November, 1945, the group received a telegram stating that they were ordered to send 202 pieces of the art to the United States for keeping. Captain Farmer refused, and got 32 other Monuments Men to sign the Wiesbaden Manifesto, which protested the transfer of this art to America.

Captain Walter Farmer viewing Nefertiti Bust. Photo courtesy Margaret Planton

Germany recognized the Manifesto in 1996, which led to Walter Farmer receiving the German Cross for his action.

The paintings sat in the National Gallery in Washington D.C. for many years and were also shown around the U.S. in the late 1940’s.

Due to Walter Farmer and many other people’s efforts, all of the art eventually made it back to the Berlin Art Gallery.

This story is currently being told with an exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum, due to Walter Farmer’s being a native Cincinnati native.

The show will be up now through October 3rd. Margaret Planton was actively involved in the archival work for this exhibit, including the display of his medals, which Margaret had in her possession. At least four of the paintings retrieved after the war and eventually sent back to Germany, and on loan for this Cincinnati exhibit from the Berlin Art Gallery. 

Horizon Expands Fiber-Optic Network To Circleville

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(CHILLICOTHE) – Horizon, an Ohio-based regional fiber broadband company, began expanding its regional fiber-optic network with the construction of a state-of-the-art fiber-optic network to the residents and businesses in Circleville, Ohio.

Horizon has been building telecommunications networks and serving communities for over 125 years. Horizon recently kicked off the first of many projects in the region, constructing a 100% fiber-optic network in Circleville, Ohio. Soon the homes and businesses in will have access to Horizon’s symmetrical GIGABIT+ fiber service- the fastest, most reliable internet service in the area. This expansion of Horizon’s fiber network is a cutting-edge system designed to meet the ever-increasing internet demands of today and into the future.

“We are very excited to bring the first symmetrical GIGABIT+ internet network to the residents and businesses of Circleville.” Said Jim Capuano, Chief Executive Officer at Horizon. “Horizon believes this Fiber-To-The- Home/Business network is designed to surpass all customer expectations for quality, reliability, and speed. This project, in addition to our builds in Chillicothe, is the first project of many we have planned in the region. The support of the residents, who have shared their appreciation for the importance of high-quality internet service, and Mayor Don McIlroy and the local government of Circleville, who understands the economic impact this network will have on their community, makes Circleville an obvious place to kick off our initiative. This has been a true Resident Public-Private partnership from the beginning.”

The lack of fast, high-quality, reliable internet service has an impact on local economies, education, telework, and public health. Horizon’s new fiber service provides the speed businesses and residential customers need to run multiple devices, simultaneously. This ensures everyone has the bandwidth they need to do what they do even better.

“Broadband access and quality of service has never been more important to our residents and businesses than it is right now,” says Ryan Scribner, Executive Director of Pickaway Progress Partnership. “I’m thankful for the investment Horizon is making in the City of Circleville and am sure it will pay dividends in our efforts to promote positive development in the community.”

City and county officials agree that access to high-speed fiber internet is crucial to residents and businesses in the area. Circleville Mayor Don McIlroy commented, “As you have noticed, Horizon has been installing fiber throughout the city of Circleville. This fiber infrastructure is critical to facilitate the delivery of fast broadband to our citizens, businesses, and to our visitors. This super- fast broadband has the ability to provide internet service to our citizens at a very high speed, everyone will benefit through choice and faster access to services.”

Circleville residents can pre-register now for this exciting new service, visit and sign up today! An official ribbon cutting ceremony for this project is scheduled for July 22, 2021, in downtown Circleville. For more information, call 866-416-7163.

Blood Shortage Brings Out Plea For Donors From Red Cross

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The American Red Cross is reporting a “severe blood shortage” and needs donors. Through July 31st, if you schedule yourself to donate, you will receive a gift card and become eligible to win free gasoline for one year. 

While donors go on summer vacations, many appointment slots are still empty. If you’re already on a trip, check out the chances to give blood near your vacation spot. It’ll only require about an hour of your time, but it could change someone’s life forever. 

To thank you for your blood donation through July 31st, the American Red Cross will present you with a $10 Gift Card*by email.

Your donation can help pump up the blood supply this month. And, when you come to give by July 31st, you will also be automatically entered for a chance to win gas for a year (a $5,000 value). There will be three winners, so hurry in to help end the severe shortage and get your shot at this prize.

Upcoming opportunities to give blood near you:
Adena Greenfield Medical Center 910 N 5th Street, Greenfield, OH
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Sponsor Code: AdenaGreenfieldMC

In Honor of Becky McDonald 23 W Springfield St., Frankfort, OH
Friday, July 23, 2021
1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Sponsor Code: BeckyM

Frankfort Community 23 W Springfield St., Frankfort, OH
Saturday, July 24, 2021
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sponsor Code: FrankfortCommunity

Tar Hollow State Park Adds Kayak Launch

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(LAURELVILLE)- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is making upgrades at Tar Hollow State Park, including a new accessible kayak launch that will give people of all abilities a chance to better enjoy the water.
“ODNR is focused on improving boating and park facilities across the state,” said ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft Chief Glen Cobb. “We are especially committed to making sure that boaters of all skill levels can enjoy their favorite on-the-water activities.”
The new accessible kayak launch was installed at the park’s existing boat ramp on Pine Lake, near the public beach. Kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats can be rented from the General Store at the park.
The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft used funds provided by the Waterway Safety Fund to purchase this launch through EZ Dock. EZ Dock creates decks, boat launches, and more for users of all abilities.
Other improvements at Tar Hollow include modernizing the restrooms at the campground and replacing the camp lodge roof.
Tar Hollow State Park has many other activities for visitors to enjoy, including hunting, camping, fishing, and more. To learn more about Tar Hollow State Park, please visit

ODOT Outlines 5 Year Plan To Focus On Walking And Biking

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(COLUMBUS) — More and more Ohioans are walking and biking as a way to travel, either by choice or necessity. However, recent trends in safety, health, and demographics highlight the urgent need for safer, accessible, and more convenient options for walking and biking in communities across the state. In an effort to combat these trends and spur more strategic investment in infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists, the Ohio Department of Transportation is launching the first-of-its-kind Walk.Bike.Ohio plan. This plan was constructed based on input from local government partners, state agencies, and the public.

“Nearly one out of every 10 Ohio households does not have access to a motor vehicle, meaning active transportation options like walking and bicycling are necessary to meet basic needs,” said Gov. Mike DeWine. “When we ensure that walking and biking are safe, convenient, and accessible options – everybody wins. The Walk.Bike.Ohio plan puts us on the right path to do that.”

In Ohio, people walking and biking make up about 14 percent of all traffic deaths, despite making up just 2.6% of trips to work. Most notable is that not everyone is impacted equally, with high need populations and areas of the state experiencing a disproportionate amount (nearly double) of the severe pedestrian and bicycle crashes.

In 2020, there were 164 people killed and 469 people seriously injured while traveling along or across Ohio’s roadways on-foot. From 2019 to 2020 alone, pedestrian deaths increased by an astounding 30 percent. The most notable increases were at intersections with unmarked crosswalks (+600%), at unmarked, midblock locations (+84%), and in circumstances involving speed (+60%).

The Walk.Bike.Ohio plan is about more than just safety, it introduces a framework for advancing active transportation by documenting existing conditions, identifying roles and responsibilities of various partners, and outlining critical actions for ODOT to focus on over the next five years. 

“Although the publication of Walk.Bike.Ohio is a major milestone for Ohio, it is just the beginning of the work necessary to achieve our vision,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks.

The plan was developed over two years and included dozens of meetings with key stakeholders and two public surveys. Stakeholders conveyed the need for improving mobility, safety, and quality of life, and for equitable investments in walking and bicycling infrastructure, maintenance, programs, and policies.

While Ohio may boast the nation’s eighth largest roadway network, ODOT found there is a need for improvement at the state, regional, and local level to develop bicycle and pedestrian networks, close network gaps, and address unsafe crossings and deficient or failing sidewalks.

“The development of Walk.Bike.Ohio has helped us to establish a statewide vision for walking and biking, informed by practitioners and the public. This plan outlines what ODOT will seek to advance over the next 5 years in order to improve walking and biking as a transportation option in Ohio,” said ODOT Active Transportation Manager Caitlin Harley.

An economic impact analysis completed as part of this effort found that existing trips by foot or bike can save Ohioans $12.7 billion in transportation and environmental costs over 20 years. If Ohio’s walking and biking rates increased by just over 1%, an additional $5 billion in cost savings is projected over the next 20 years.

In addition to economic benefits, connected active transportation networks can also play a role in improving Ohio’s ranking of 40th in the United States for overall health outcomes and 47th for health behaviors, which include obesity and physical inactivity.

Active transportation is also an opportunity to address growing mobility needs and preferences. In 1983, about 46 percent of 16-year old Americans had a driver’s license, according to the Federal Highway Administration. By 2014, that number had dropped to just over 24 percent. In Ohio, the number of 16 and 17-year old drivers fell from 84,985 in 2016 to 70,678 in 2020. Additionally, as the share of Ohio’s population over 65 continues to grow, more Ohioans may rely on or prefer transit and active transportation options.

The hope is that this plan will be a useful tool for decision-makers at all levels of government in Ohio as they look at ways to make the state more walkable and bikeable.

For more information on what ODOT will be focused on to support walking and biking in Ohio, check out the plan online.

Octagon Fundraiser Brings In Cars, Tractors & Tenderloin

Presented By Hometown-Motors, Inc.

The famed Octagon House in Circleville will be recipient of a fundraiser hosted July 31st by the Pickaway County Roundtown Conservancy.

The Car/Tractor Show will combine with a Tenderloin Sale, between 10am-4pm on July 31st, at Octagon House.

Car/Vehicle registration goes from 10am-1pm with awards for best vehicle and tractor at 3pm.

While you are there, you can also get a tour of the Octagon House for $5.

For more information, call (740) 804-8331.

Athena Cinema Reopens

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Photo Courtesy of Ohio University

(ATHENS) – The Athena Cinema in Athens, Ohio will reopen to the public at reduced capacity on July 16 with “Movies You’ve Missed,” a series of films that launched during the pandemic but couldn’t be seen on the big screen until now.  

The 106-year-old-art house cinema, having been shuttered because of the pandemic for the longest time since its 1915 opening, will screen “Minari,” a film launched in 2020 about a Korean American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream, as part of the “Movies You’ve Missed” series. It will also screen “Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain,” an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon, and the acclaimed documentary “Summer of Soul,” a powerful and transporting documentary — part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion.

Tickets to the July 16 screenings of these films can be purchased online here. Due to the reduced number of patrons allowed in the theaters for each screening, the theater encourages advance ticket purchasing through their website.

“We are so excited to open on the 16 and welcome back our patrons,” said Alexandra Kamody, director of the Athena Cinema. “We have missed the movies, the big screen, the patrons, the sound of the projector and popcorn popping…we just can’t wait to get back to showing movies Uptown.”

The reopening comes on the heels of the Athena Cinema’s first-ever crowdfunding campaign, “Lights! Camera! Action! The Campaign to Reopen the Athena Cinema,” which garnered $11,307 more for the cinema’s Athena Cinema Support Fund more than its original goal of $5,000 in the month of June. The overwhelming support from donors helped mitigate the costs associated with safely re-opening the beloved “Jewel of Uptown Athens,” Kamody said. 

“We are so grateful for the support we received through the campaign. Our community really came through for us during the closure, with patrons using our virtual cinema and staying in touch by email and social media,” Kamody said. “The response to the campaign was amazing. It has been really energizing to know the community is behind us.”

Other films being screened for the “Movies You Missed” series include “Promising Young Woman,” opening July 23; “Judas and the Black Messiah,” opening July 30; “Nomadland,” opening Aug. 6; and “The Father,” opening Aug. 13.  

Summer Safety For Older Adults

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Severe summer weather can be hard for anyone to deal with but, for many reasons, older adults may have a harder time adjusting to severe weather. Severe summer weather in Ohio may include severe thunderstorms, tornados, floods and flash floods, high winds, excessive heat, fog, and more.

Disasters Don’t Wait. Make an Emergency Plan Now. 

Every household should have an emergency kit and plan. Older adults may have additional things to consider including in their kit and plans. Learn what you should include.

The Ohio Department of Insurance offers a Severe Weather Toolkit to help Ohioans be safer and more financially prepared when severe weather strikes, as well as help them navigate the recovery process.

As we age, our bodies do not adjust as well to high temperatures, humidity, or sudden changes as they did when we were younger. Plus, chronic health conditions and the medications we take to treat them can change how our bodies respond to heat. Common types of heat-related illnesses that affect older adults include:

  • Heat cramps are Muscle cramps, most often in the legs, caused by not drinking enough to replace fluids and nutrients lost to sweating
  • Heat exhaustion is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by not enough fluids, hot environments and high body temperatures.
  • Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition caused when the body is unable to regulate its own internal temperature in a hot and humid environment.

Extremely hot days are severe weather. When high temperatures are in the forecast, tollow these tips to protect yourself or older loved ones from heat-related illness:

  • Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Wear lightweight clothing.
  • Rest frequently.
  • Seek an air-conditioned environment.
  • Remain indoors during the hottest part of the day.
  • Avoid strenuous activity when it is hot.
  • Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath.

Learn to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illness. These include: weakness, lightheadedness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, headache, unusual skin temperature, disorientation. If you or a loved one have any of these symptoms, move to a cooler place and seek medical attention immediately.

Often, following severe weather, contractors may roll into a neighborhood, offering to repair damage caused by the storm. While many respectable businesses still go door-to-door to meet potential customers, you should always be careful about people who come to your home unexpectedly. They don’t always have your best interests in mind. The Ohio Attorney General warns consumers to be alert to signs of home repair scams, such as:

  • They claim they can start work immediately, have the materials left over from another job, or offer some other reason you should accept their offer right away.
  • They ask for a large down payment or ask you to sign over your insurance settlement check.
  • Once you’ve paid, they may not return to do the work, or the work they do may be incomplete or poor-quality.
  • They pressure you to decide right away and refuse to give you written information about their work.

Learn more about scams and fraud targeting older adults.