SPVMHC Turns 55

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The Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center first opened its doors on Paint Street, Chillicothe Ohio on October 14, 1966.  The agency that began with 3 employees has now grown to have 159 staff members who work in Ross, Pike, Pickaway, Fayette, and Highland counties.

SPVMHC now offers psychiatric medication and evaluation services, Crisis Center assistance and interventions, Suicide Prevention and COVID Careline telephone counseling, residential treatment facilities for men and women substance use disorders,  residential housing treatment programs for people diagnosed serious mental health disorders, group, family, and individual counseling, partial hospitalization treatment, a Medication-Assisted Treatment program, and prevention and education interventions conducted by licensed professional counselors, licensed social workers, and Prevention Specialists.

The Crisis Center takes phone calls 24 hours every day of the year. 
Just this past week, agency Executive Director Dr. Barbara Mahaffey hired 3 new Nurse Practitioners who are taking new client referrals and scheduling appointments for psychiatric and medication evaluations. SPVMHC also has two Board Certified Child and Adult Psychiatrists. 

Throughout the pandemic, SPVMHC has remained open and has available appointment times for weekdays and limited evenings for in person or TeleHealth appointments.

Dr. Mahaffey will be visiting clinics for provide treats for staff to celebrate the agency anniversary.  For more information for appointments or services, call (740) 773-4357 or email bmahaffey@spvmhc.org

SPVMHC is also looking for new employees and Board members for Ross, Pike, Pickaway, and Highland counties. 
The website address is www.spvmhc.org

Adena Mansion & Gardens Wreath Workshop

Presented By Rathkamp Financial

Come decorate a wreath for the holidays on Saturday, December 4th and Sunday, December 5th at Adena Mansion and Gardens Visitor Center.

We provide the evergreen wreath as well as natural materials gathered from the grounds of Adena Mansion & Gardens. You may also bring personal mementos to decorate your wreath.

The cost is $35 per person. Space is limited. There are three session from 10:30am- 12 noon, 12:30pm-2pm, and 2:30pm-4pm.



847 Adena Road Chillicothe

Area Wildlife Area To Receive Ring-Necked Pheasant Releases

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(Columbus) – Ring-necked pheasant releases at wildlife areas and other public hunting locations are scheduled to begin during Ohio’s youth hunting season on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23-24, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Pheasant releases will continue into late October and November.

Caption: Rooster pheasants are released at 25 sites across Ohio during October and November to provide additional hunting opportunities to pursue this popular game bird.

Rooster pheasants are released at 25 public hunting areas, providing hunters with multiple opportunities to pursue this timeless game bird. More than 14,000 ring-necked pheasants are scheduled to be released in Ohio to provide put-and-take opportunities for new and veteran hunters. (widow)
The Division of Wildlife will release pheasants for the following dates:

  • Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23-24 (first youth weekend).
  • Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31 (second youth weekend).
  • Friday, Nov. 5 (opening day).
  • Saturday, Nov. 13.
  • Thursday, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving Day).

Pheasants will be released in the following locations:

  • Central Ohio: Delaware Wildlife Area.
  • Northwest Ohio: Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area; Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area; Resthaven Wildlife Area; Ringneck Ridge Wildlife Area (by permit only, find additional information from the Sandusky County Park District); Tiffin River Wildlife Area; and Wyandot Wildlife Area (no youth releases).
  • Northeast Ohio: Camp Belden Wildlife Area; Charlemont Metro Park; Berlin Wildlife Area; Grand River Wildlife Area; Highlandtown Wildlife Area (no youth releases); Spencer Wildlife Area; West Branch Wildlife Area (no youth releases); and Zepernick Wildlife Area (no youth releases).
  • Southeast Ohio: Appalachian Hills Wildlife Area; Pleasant Valley Wildlife Area (no youth releases); Salt Fork Wildlife Area (no youth releases); and Tri-Valley Wildlife Area.
  • Southwest Ohio: Caesar Creek Wildlife Area; Darke Wildlife Area; Fallsville Wildlife Area (no releases for Oct. 23-24 or Nov. 13); Indian Creek Wildlife Area (no youth releases); Rush Run Wildlife Area; and Spring Valley Wildlife Area.

A valid Ohio hunting license is required to pursue pheasants and other game birds. An Ohio apprentice hunting license is available to individuals of any age who want to try hunting but have not yet completed a hunter education course. The apprentice hunting license is a great way to introduce someone to hunting and provide a positive experience in the field.
For more information on how to get started hunting,  explore the interactive Introduction to Upland Game Birds online learning module and related resources as part of the Wild Ohio Harvest Community at wildohio.gov.
Ohio’s pheasant hunting season is open from Friday, Nov. 5, to Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, with a daily harvest limit of two birds (males only). No hens (females) may be harvested. Statewide hours for pheasant season are sunrise to sunset.

Logan Elm Leave Your Legacy Campaign Still Growing

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(Photo from Logan Elm Schools)

The Logan Elm Board of Education and the LEave your LEgacy Committee says the community’s effort to support their capital campaign continues to grow. 

To date, the campaign has received $1,268,960 in donations.  This is 84% of their goal.

Donations will be used to pay for additional programs and or items not covered by capital construction or improvement dollars from the state and levies approved by taxpayers.

Ohio University President To Visit Area Regional Campuses

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(Athens) — Ohio University President Hugh Sherman will visit the University’s regional campuses during the fall semester to engage with the campuses and local communities.

President Sherman will be visiting the Chillicothe campus Friday, October 15 in a tour of the Ross County Outreach and Recovery Center tour from 3pm to 4pm.

Bennett Hall on the campus of Ohio University Chillicothe. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

President Sherman will be at the OHIO Lancaster Campus on Tuesday, Oct. 19. He will tour the Fairfield County Workforce Center, at 4465 Coonpath Road NW in Carroll, and will also meet with invited community members, students, faculty and staff throughout the day.

Brasee Hall, Ohio University Lancaster Campus.Photo by Chris Franz

Chillicothe Leaf Collection Schedule

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(Chillicothe) — Fall leaf collection gets underway for the City of Chillicothe on October 18th.

Leaf collection is handled the same way as the City’s large item collection program, with a neighborhood’s collection week corresponding to that neighborhood’s trash collection schedule. Neighborhoods with Monday trash collection will have their leaves picked up during the first week of the program, and neighborhoods with Tuesday trash collection will see their leaves gathered during the second week, and so on.

The program kicks off this Monday, October 18th and continues through Friday, October 22nd for neighborhoods with Monday trash collection. The program will be held in two rounds lasting five weeks each. The second round of the program will begin in late November.

Leaves need to be gathered by 7am on the Monday of a neighborhood’s collection week. The City asks that residents rake their leaves to the curbside grassy area outside their homes, and not into the street where they can be washed down into the storm sewers. Yard waste and debris is prohibited.

Residents should be mindful of where they park during their collection week. If a vehicle is blocking access to a leaf pile, those leaves will not be collected.

The full leaf collection schedule is as follows:

Monday Trash Pickup:

  • October 18th to October 22nd
  • November 22nd to November 26th

Tuesday Trash Pickup:

  • October 25th to October 29th
  • November 29th to December 3rd

Wednesday Trash Pickup:

  • November 1st to November 5th
  • December 6th to December 10th

Thursday Trash Pickup:

  • November 8th to November 12th
  • December 13th to December 17th

Friday Trash Pickup:

  • November 15th to November 19th
  • December 20th to December 24th