LOGAN, Ohio – The new, state-of-the-art Hocking Hills State Park Lodge is one step closer to welcoming guests. Today, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz joined construction crews, park staff, and others for installation of a ceremonial final exterior beam during an event known in the building industry as a “topping out.”
“Hocking Hills is one of the crown jewels of our state park system, and we want visitors to have a top-notch lodging experience as they explore this breathtaking region,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “Every day brings us closer to the opening of this state-of-the-art facility, and I can’t wait for the public to see the finished product.”
Director Mertz and others involved in the project signed their names to the beam marking an important milestone in the lodge’s construction that began July 1, 2020. In addition to offering full-service dining and conference space, the lodge features a hotel wing with 81 guest rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, and scenic outdoor spaces for friends and family to gather.
ODNR anticipates opening the nearly 74,000 square-foot lodge to the public in October of 2022. The anticipated cost of the project upon completion is $40 million. A time-lapse video documenting the progress of the project can be viewed here. To read more about the project and see other updates, visit ohiodnr.gov.
The new Hocking Hills State Park Lodge is being constructed on the same footprint as the state park’s former lodge restaurant and conference center, which was destroyed by a fire in December of 2016.
The 2021 American Legion Baseball State Tournament begins Monday at Lancaster’s Beavers Field.
Regional winners include Cincinnati’s Yeager-Benson Post 199, which won the Region 5 Championship over Waverly last Wednesday at VA Memorial Stadium, Utica Post 92, Conneaut Post 151, Napoleon Post 300, Jefferson County Post 33, Sidney Post 217 and the winner from Region 8 which will be decided Friday evening between Cambridge Post 84 and St. Clairsville Post 159.
2021 marks the bicentennial year for Chillicothe’s Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Founded in 1821, the congregation became known as the African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.). It’s the first A.M.E. Church in Ohio and is the first to be organized west of the Allegheny Mountains.
The existing church on West Main Street was constructed in 1910 and is still in use today.
The congregation has planned several events to celebrate the Church’s 200 years of service to the community, beginning Saturday, July 24th. A free Community Musical Program will be held at 4pm Saturday at First Presbyterian Church at 13 Mead Drive in Chillicothe.
August 28th, from 4:00pm-6:30pm, the Urban Jazz Coalition will perform in the Chillicothe High School Auditorium on Yoctangee Boulevard. Tickets are $15 and are on sale Fridays from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the back entrance of Quinn Chapel. You can also leave a message at the church number 740-775-3529 or contact Rachel Foster 740-775-2166 or 740-649-9429.
September 12th, the public is invited again to CHS for Quinn Chapel’s 200th Anniversary Celebration and September 26th, the Schmidt Sausage Truck will park in the Quinn Chapel parking lot from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.
Three years ago, the Cleveland Indians stopped using Chief Wahoo as its mascot. Then last year the club announced a proposal to change its nickname from Indians to… insert here.
After a reported 11,000 suggested names, the club revealed “Guardians” as the winner. The name was revealed on the team Facebook Page through a slickly produced film narrated by Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks. Click the image below to see the video.
First place Johnstown edged Champion City 3-1 and maintain a half-game lead over the Paints in the Prospect League Ohio Valley Division.
Chillicothe hits the road for the next six games, not returning to the Stadium until July 30th. The Paints will face West Virginia Friday and visit Champion City Saturday and Sunday. Following a Monday off, they’ll play a three game set in Lafayette with the Aviators Tuesday through Thursday next week.
DIEFENBACH NAMED PL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Paints pitcher Justin Deifenbach (Kean) and Terre Haute’s Kaleb Hannahs share Prospect League Player of the Week honors for the week. Diefenbach pitched a complete game Saturday, striking out five Danville batters, walking one and limiting the Dans to three hits.
Hannahs hit .555, 5 Runs, 8 Hits, 2 Doubles, and 3 RBIs for the week.