V.A. Offers Virtual Healthy Teaching Kitchen For Women Female Vets

Presented By Hometown-Motors, Inc.

(Chillicothe) – The Chillicothe VA Medical Center Nutrition and Food Services is hosting a Virtual Healthy Teaching Kitchen program for all Women Veterans.  The special program is a 6-week series that will be held every Wednesday, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., starting September 1, 2021.

Two Registered Dietitian Nutritionists from the VA will be providing instruction on preparing delicious meals and participants will be provided a box of non-perishables, small cooking equipment and a gift card to purchase the perishable foods used in the recipes.  The Healthy Teaching Kitchen will be virtual from the Chillicothe VA to each participant’s home.

During the Healthy Teaching Kitchen session, discussions will be held on topics that are unique to women.  

For more information and to register, Women Veterans can call (740) 773-1141, extension 16351.  Veterans can participate at any time during the series.  General Healthy Teaching Kitchen sessions are also available to all Veterans by calling the number above to register.

Ohio OK’s Funds To Improve Campus Security

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that the state is awarding 27 institutions of higher education a total of $5 million in grants to fund security enhancements on their campuses.

“The commitment to school safety is one that I take seriously,” said Governor DeWine. “By awarding these grants, campuses can go beyond identifying areas that need to be improved by developing and executing plans that promote the wellbeing of staff and students.”

The awarded funds are part of the 2021 Campus Safety Grant Program funded as part of Senate Bill 310 of the 133rd General Assembly. The Ohio School Safety Center reviewed the campus safety grant applications in consultation with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and the Ohio Controlling Board approved the release of the funds today. 

Campus Safety Grants

“I want to thank the Governor and the General Assembly for their leadership and for making campus safety a priority,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. “It is important as we begin a new school year to provide this opportunity to enhance security and make our campuses even safer for students, staff, and families.” 

“The safety and security upgrades will assist campus law enforcement agencies and area first responders better prepare for and respond quicker to emergencies,” said Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath. 

To be eligible for grant funding, schools conducted a security and vulnerability assessment to identify potential areas for improvement. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to improved lighting in parking lots, security cameras at building entrances, and secure doors.

The Campus Safety Grant Program is one of two new school safety programs launched by the Ohio School Safety Center this year. The 2021 K-12 School Safety Grant Program, administered in partnership with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), will award an additional $5 million to qualifying public K-12 schools for similar school safety expenses. Eligible school districts are being contacted by OFCC today via email. Grant applications will be accepted until November 1, 2021, with awardees being announced in early 2022. Additional information on the K-12 School Safety Grant Program is available at ofcc.ohio.gov

Governor DeWine created the Ohio School Safety Center in 2019. It is housed in the Ohio Homeland Security Division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety and works to assist local schools, colleges and universities, and law enforcement agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to threats and acts of violence, including self-harm, through a holistic, solutions-based approach to improving school safety.

Institutions of higher education receiving a grant are:

College/University Grant AwardCollege/UniversityGrant Award
Bowling Green          State University$102,964Owens Community College$102,800
Belmont College$50,000Rhodes State College$161,200
Central Ohio Technical College $135,000Rio Grande Community College$185,446
Central State University$231,750Shawnee State University$153,998
Cincinnati State Technical andCommunity College $162,500Southern State Community College$149,500
Columbus State Community College $160,000Stark State College$170,100
Hocking College$104,000Terra State Community College$224,783
Kent State University$210,400University of Akron$430,000
Lakeland Community College$117,168University of Cincinnati$430,000
Lorain County Community College$155,350University of Toledo$205,330
Miami University$120,095Washington State Community College$316,719
Northwest State Community College$174,779Youngstown State University$118,528
Ohio University$168,770Zane State College$88,920
Ohio State University$369,900 

Our Town-Chillicothe Preview Rescheduled For March 2022

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(Athens) — Due to increasing illness rates in Ohio from the COVID-19 pandemic, WOUB Public Media is postponing the premiere screening of Our Town: Chillicothe which was originally scheduled for September 26 at the Majestic Theatre. 

It has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 3 p.m. at the same location. 

“We are saddened to have to postpone this premiere screening because we know how excited people are to see the film,” said WOUB General Manager Mark Brewer. “We have nearly 300 people registered to attend the event, and we want to celebrate this documentary with all of those people at the Majestic in Chillicothe when we know that we’ll all be safe being together.”

“Postponing the event makes sense, since it is such a large event and cases are surging now due to the highly contagious Delta variant,” said Ohio University’s Special Assistant to the President for Public Health Operations Gillian Ice. “Masks and distancing are needed at indoor events to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

Melody Young, Executive Director of the Ross-Chillicothe Convention and Visitors Bureau and Majestic Theatre board member echoed Brewer’s sentiments. “We’re sorry it’s being postponed” Young told Litter Media. “But we’re excited we’ll get to see it in March, and still get to see it first.” Our Town: Chillicothe was to originally air on WOUB September 27th after making its screening debut at The Majestic.

It gives us more time to anticipate what we’ll see in March” said Young, keeping a positive outlook.

The movie features the work of award winning film maker Evan Shaw and his WOUB production team. READ MORE about “Our Town: Chillicothehere and WATCH Litter Media’s interview with Shaw from his visit last June to the Litter Media Studios.

WOUB will also be rescheduling the broadcast premiere of the program for March 28 at 8 p.m. 

Our Town: Chillicothe 
FREE Premiere Screening 
Sunday, March 27, 2022
3 p.m.
Majestic Theatre, Chillicothe  

Pike Fairgrounds Set For SamJam 2021 Bluegrass Festival

Presented By Atomic Speedway

One of the biggest bluegrass festivals in the nation gets underway this week in southern Ohio, with The SamJam Bluegrass Festival at the Pike County Fairgrounds in Piketon. The event runs September 1st-5th.

Image Courtesy of Sam Jam Bluegrass Festival

According to their website, samjambluegrass.com“The five-day features some of the most recognizable names in bluegrass music. SamJam also includes a youth music camp in conjunction with Glenville State University, the Pinecastle Records National Band Competition, a cornhole tournament and a Sunday prayer service, among other features.”

The SamJam Hop kicks off the 2021 festival on Wednesday, September 1st with fans being directed to local music venues before the festival shifts to the Pike County Fairgrounds, a picturesque setting in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains with accommodations for more than 300 electric and water hookups for campers. Primitive camping is also available.

The three venues for this year’s SamJam Hop are Beast and Bottle in Waverly, Ritchie’s Restaurant in Piketon and the Waverly Eagle’s Club.

Co-organizer Rick Greene says the reason behind The SamJam Hop opening night is that- “We bring 3,000 people to this event and we want them to see the (business) community along with the other great sites of Pike County.”

Greene says those attending the fairgrounds concerts should enter at the U.S. Route 23 entrance only. Tickets will be available at the main gate.

For more information on the festival contact Sam Karr at (812) 699-0962 or Rick Greene at (740) 547-9059.

Pickaway Farm Bureau & SWCD Plan Joint Annual Meeting

Presented By Classic Brands

The annual joint meeting of the Pickaway Farm Bureau and Pickaway Soil & Water Conservation District will be held September 2nd at the Pickaway County Agricultural & Event Center.

Attendees will have an opportunity to preview Ag Day field trip activities at the fairgrounds, starting at 5:30pm. The meeting program features awards, recognition of partners, and Ohio Soybean Council benefits for local farmers. Members will also vote on proposed 2021 policies and delegates. The meal will be served at 6:30pm.

Pickaway Heritage Hall

To RSVP for the free event, call (740) 474-6284 or email pickaway@ofbf.org