Ohio State Parks Offer Labor Day Special Events

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(Columbus) – The summer is winding down, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering free and fun events this Labor Day weekend.

Here are some area state park activities that you might want to check out:

  • Deer Creek State Park

Sept. 3: Labor Day Weekend Campout, 4 p.m. Join us for our Labor Day Campout and activities. Food sold by the Friends of Deer Creek. For registered campers only. 

At the Deer Creek Lodge: 

Sept. 3-5, 5 p.m. – close, Dining room food specials. Dusk – poolside movie and group fire ring. Non-lodge guest pool passes $12 daily.

  • Lake Hope State Park

Sept. 3 – 5: Selfie Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m-6 p.m. Take a picture of yourself or your group with objects big and small. It may be started any time but must be completed before 4 p.m on Sept. 5 for a prize. Pick up the form outside of the nature center. All programs subject to change. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

Sept. 3: Float the Lake, 9 a.m-11 am.  Advanced registration required.
Free 2-hour Paddling Program searching for wildlife in the water and along the edge of the lake on a kayak. Ages 12 and up. Experience on how to use a kayak is required. Bring water and prepare to get wet. Equipment provided. Meet our naturalist at the shelter house past the beach area. All programs subject to change. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

Sept. 3: Cold Blooded Creatures, 2 p.m – 3 pm. Meet our Naturalist and a few reptiles that call Lake Hope home. How do you know if it’s a reptile and what is their life like? They aren’t just COLD, they are COOL! All programs subject to change. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

Sept. 5: Archery, Free. Meet at the Nature Center for Archery.  Equipment and instruction provided.  Free and fun for the whole family. Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow. For ages 8 and up. All programs subject to change. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.
Sept. 5: Glow Worm Walk, 8-9 p.m. Discover the secret life of lightning bugs. Meet the naturalist at Hope School House and take a short walk to find the larvae. All programs subject to change. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. 

Note: For all events at Lake Hope State Park contact the naturalist, Kaylin Callander, at (740) 596-3030 if special accommodations are needed for participation.

  • Shawnee State Park (Lodge and Conference Center)

Sept. 2, 5 p.m., Dinner Specials; 6 p.m. Riverdays Concert Series – Julia Neville & King Calaway, downtown Portsmouth.
Sept. 3, 5 p.m., Dinner Specials; 6 p.m., Ice Cream Social in the lodge main lobby; 6 p.m., Riverdays Concert Series, downtown Portsmouth; 7 p.m., Live music featuring The Josh Stewart Band, poolside; 8 p.m., Marshmallow Roast, poolside.

Sept. 4, 8 a.m., Breakfast Specials; 11 a.m., The Grand Riverdays Parade, downtown Portsmouth; 12 p.m., Lunch Specials; 5 p.m., Dinner Specials; 6 p.m., Ice Cream Social in the lodge main lobby; 6 p.m., Riverdays Concert Series, downtown Portsmouth; 7 p.m., Live music featuring Mothman Acoustic, poolside; 8 p.m. Marshmallow Roast, poolside.

Sept.5, 8 a.m., Breakfast Specials; 11 a.m., Riverdays Powerboat Racing, downtown Portsmouth; 12 p.m., Lunch Specials; 1 p.m. Riverday The Voice Contest, downtown Portsmouth; 5 p.m., Dinner Specials; 6 p.m. Ice Cream Social in the lodge main lobby; 6 p.m., Riverdays Concert Series; 8 p.m., Marshmallow Roast, poolside; 10 p.m., Riverdays Fireworks Extravaganza, downtown Portsmouth.
 
To learn more about family-friendly events at Ohio’s state parks and to plan your next adventure, visit parks.ohiodnr.gov/calendar.

Walnut Street Children’s School Adds New Curriculum This Year

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Students at Chillicothe’s Walnut Street Children’s School will be greeted by a new curriculum this fall when they return to class on September 8th.

School Director Debbie Rossman says they have transformed their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) curriculum to STREAM, which adds a Religion component to the curriculum at the direction of the Walnut Street Children’s School Board. 

Litter Media’s Mike Smith visited with Director Debbie Rossman and School Board Chairman Jhan Corzine to discuss the changes as well as enrollment. Classes begin September 8th, 2021.

(See interview below)

(Click the arrow in the image to watch our interview with Walnut Street Children’s School officials)

Board member Jhan Corzine says- “We are very excited about the new curriculum and it allows us to take advantage of the fact that we are a church preschool and therefore we are entirely free to bring religion into our teaching practices and we always have.” 

Corzine says the teaching of the Bible and science will be basic at “an appropriate age level.”

The school expects enrollment to be up from the 40 it got down to last year in the pandemic. They currently have approximately 60 students registered for this year, but are hoping for more than 70, with their maximum limit being about 90.

To learn more, visit walnutstreetprechool.com, call 740-775-2525 or email: wscs@horizonview.net

Chillicothe VAMC Closes North Entrance To Assist COVID Screening

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(Chillicothe) – The Chillicothe VA Medical Center and its Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) continue to adjust to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Ohio.  These changes are in an effort to protect the Veterans we serve and minimize the risk of exposure to the virus.

As part of this effort, traffic flow onto the Chillicothe VA campus will be shifted to a single-entry access effective Wednesday, September 1, until further notice.  The facility’s North Entrance will be closed and access to the VA will flow from the South and West gates to Cleveland Avenue. 

Those entering the VA’s facility will be required to complete a drive thru screening process on Cleveland Avenue prior to continuing onto the campus.  The Golf Course and VA Memorial Stadium can be accessed via Cleveland Avenue.

To speed up this screening process, Veterans, caregivers and general public are encouraged to utilize one of the following COVID screening options:

  • Text “Screen” to 53079.
  • Use your cell phone camera to scan the following QR code.
  • Visit the screening tool website at: www.va.gov/covid19screen 

Once the screening questions are completed, show your cell phone screen at the screening station on the VA campus.

General thru traffic will be able to use the South and West gates without going through the screening check point. 

What can you do to protect yourself and others?  Take everyday preventive actions to avoid being exposed to the virus:  

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick or becoming sick.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Masks continue to be required inside VA buildings and outside when social distancing is not possible.  Children under the age of 18 are not permitted inside buildings.

If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, call your healthcare provider.  Veterans can call the VA, 740-773-1141, extension 15575, for guidance.   

For information regarding what to know, what to do, and how VA is responding: https://go.usa.gov/xdMYt