Veterans Affairs Flu Clinics Scheduled

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(Chillicothe) – With COVID-19 still present in our communities, getting your flu vaccine is extremely important.  Help protect yourself and others by getting your flu vaccination.

Symptoms associated with seasonal flu include:

  • fever
  • chills
  • body or muscle aches
  • headache
  • feeling tired and weak
  • cough
  • sneezing
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • sore throat
  • chest discomfort

If you have these symptoms, it is important to stay away from others and rest.  Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and take a fever reducer as advised by your healthcare provider.  Make sure to notify your healthcare provider within 48 hours of onset of symptoms.  Antivirals can be prescribed within the first 48 hours to help lessen your symptoms.  You can reduce your risk of contracting the flu by doing these simple things:

  • Don’t smoke.
  • Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS frequently!

To minimize unnecessary exposure to the seasonal flu or to COVID-19, the Chillicothe VA and VA Community Clinics are administering vaccinations while Veterans remain in their vehicle.  Veterans can also request a flu shot during a regularly scheduled appointment.

When utilizing one of the following drive-thru flu clinics, Veterans need to wear a mask and have clothing that will allow the upper arm to be bare for the injection. 

Chillicothe VA Drive-Thru Flu Clinic
VA Fire Department, Building 259
October 12, 13, 14 & 15
9a – 3p
November 8, 9, 10 & 12
9a – 3p

Athens VA Clinic Walk-Up Flu Clinic
Tuesdays 8a – Noon
Thursdays 1p – 4p
*through November 30, 2021

Cambridge VA Clinic Drive-Thru/Walk-Up Flu Clinic
Drive-Thru Flu Clinic
October 23
9a – 3p
Walk-Up Flu Clinic
Thursdays 4p – 6p by appointment only,
call 740-432-1963
*through November 30, 2021

Lancaster VA Clinic Walk-Up Flu Clinic
Tuesdays 8a – Noon
Thursday’s 1p – 4p
*through November 30, 2021

Marietta VA Clinic Drive-Thru/Walk-Up Flu Clinic
Drive-Thru Flu Clinic
October 2 & November 6
9a – 3p
Walk-Up Flu Clinic
Tuesdays 4p – 6p by appointment only, call 740-568-0412
*through November 30, 2021

Portsmouth VA Clinic Walk-Up Flu Clinic
Thursdays 8a – 4p
*through November 30, 2021

Wilmington VA Clinic Drive-Thru/Walk-Up Flu Clinic
Monday – Friday
8a – 4p
*through November 30, 2021

With questions regarding the flu clinics, Veterans can call (740) 773-1141, ext. 15575, or your local VA Clinic. 

Burning Ban Season For Ohio

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(Columbus) – October 1st through November 30th, the burn ban for Ohio goes into effect. 

Here is additional information  we have obtained with several phone calls to help get a little more details about the ban and hopefully provide some answers to our community.  

First is that the Ohio Burn Ban is the law (Ohio Revised Code 1503.18). It has been a statewide law since 1988. This isn’t anything new or created by a local fire department.  We have an easier way with social media accounts to remind you of the information along with local news media. 

Second, the ban is in effect five months of the year. March, April, May, October, and November between 6 am and 6 pm. Open burning is particularly dangerous in the spring and fall when the leaves are on the ground, the grass is not green, and the weather is warm, dry, and windy. The time of day restriction is because it is the warmest and relative humidity creates the most risk for fire. Science supports the reason for the restrictions. 

Third, the law is not intended to prevent responsible campfires during this time. Ohio EPA defines an open burn as any outdoor fire without a chimney or stack. However, ODNR explains they are not trying to stop cooking campfires that are being maintained responsibly.  Anyone who has a campfire that escapes is still in violation of ORC 1503.18. So, stay with your campfire and extinguish it before leaving it. 

Even outside the time and date restrictions, any person conducting a burn must obtain landowner permission, remain with the fire while it is burning, and take all reasonable precautions to prevent the fire from escaping. 

NEVER to be burned at any time or any place in Ohio: 

Food waste

Dead animals

Materials containing rubber, grease, asphalt, or made from petroleum 

Other Restrictions: 
Fires must be more than 1000 feet from the neighbor’s inhabited building. 

No burning when air pollution alert, warning, or emergency is in effect. 
Fire/smoke cannot obscure visibility on roadways, railways, or airfields. 

No waste generated off the premises may be burned. 

No burning within village or city limits or restricted areas. 

We look forward to warmer weather and the extended daylight coming with Spring! But most importantly, we want everyone to be safe! 

You can see more at ODNR’s 

For more details on Ohio’s Fall burning regulations, CLICK HERE:

Harrison Township Fire/Squad Receives Water Grant From Anheuser-Busch

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A dozen skids of Anheuser-Busch cans of water were delivered to the Harrison Township Fire/Squad House on Charleston Pike, Thursday- thanks to a grant the company awarded to the volunteer firefighting and EMS organization. Classic Brands of Chillicothe was the local distributer of the water.

Lt. Greg Campbell of the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department said they applied for the grant 2-3 years ago. The department recently received 300 cases, which totaled 3,600 cans of water.

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Campbell says the water will be stored in their fire trucks for firefighting personnel, as well as for any disaster remediation efforts they might participate in. Campbell said some of the water could also be shared with other area departments that might have need. 

This represents the first Anheuser-Busch grant of this kind to Ross County. 

Campbell says the Harrison Township fire/squad is comprised of 50 volunteers on their roster with 25 active.

Campbell hopes the water could last their department approximately 2-3 years, depending on number of runs they make. 

In a release from Anheuser-Busch, the company states:

“We have a long-standing commitment to supporting our neighbors during times of need.

Every year, we periodically pause beer production in our Fort Collins, CO, and Cartersville, GA breweries to apply our production and logistics expertise to can clean, safe drinking water that is ready to distribute when disaster strikes.

Since the inception of our emergency drinking water program in 1988, Anheuser-Busch and our wholesaler partners have worked alongside the American Red Cross to provide emergency drinking water to U.S. communities affected by natural disasters and other crises.

In 2019, we also teamed up with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to support volunteer firefighters battling wildfires across the country and provide critical hydration to those who are volunteering to put their lives on the line.

To date, we have produced and distributed more than 86 million cans of emergency drinking water to communities across the country in support of relief efforts. Most recently this year, we have provided:

These donations represent our ongoing commitment to help American communities when they need it most.

Ohio Voter Registration Deadline October 4th for November 2021 Election

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Ohioans needing to register for the November 2021 general election have until October 4th to do so.

Reasons for voter registration include: You are a first time voter, have had a change of address or last name changed since the last election or you have just moved into Ohio.

To register in Ohio you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States;
  • be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote;
  • be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election day (if you will be 18 on or before the day of the general election, you may vote in the primary election for candidates only, but you cannot vote on issues or party central committees until you are 18);
  • not be incarcerated (in jail or in prison) for a felony conviction;
  • not be found incompetent by a court for purposes of voting by a probate court;
  • not be permanently disenfranchised for violations of election laws.

To register online you will need to provide the following:

  • Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number
  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Last four digits of your Social Security number

If you do not have any portion of the required information, follow this link to update your voting address using our paper form (PDF). Once you complete this form, you must sign and send it to your county board of elections.

If you are a Safe at Home participant, before you proceed, please follow this link to contact the Safe at Home office.

If you have questions on any of this, contact your county board of elections.