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January Blood Drives in Ross County

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Donors of all blood types are urged to give now to keep the blood supply stable. Blood donations often decline from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, and the COVID-19 pandemic may further impact donations. Every donation can give a hospital patient something to be extra thankful for this year. The Red Cross is testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. As part of this effort, plasma from standard blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions.

January is National Blood Donor Month, the perfect time to resolve to be a regular blood donor and help save lives Donors of all blood types are urged to give now to help the Red Cross maintain the blood supply. Medical conditions and emergencies don’t stop for a pandemic, seasonal illnesses or winter weather. The Red Cross is testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. As part of this effort, plasma from standard blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. There aren’t enough people donating blood to help patients in need. You can help by encouraging others to sign up to donate blood.

Donors who come to give January 1st-31st will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exciting 2022 Super Bowl LVI getaway in LA for them and a guest! The package will include two tickets to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, California, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience, round-trip airfare to Los Angeles, three-night hotel accommodations (Feb. 4th to Feb. 7th, 2022), plus a $500 gift card for expenses.

As an extra thank you from the Red Cross, donors who come to give  January 1st-20th, 2021, will also be automatically entered to win the Big Game at Home package so their household can enjoy an awesome viewing experience safely at home this year.** The package will include a 65-inch television and a $500 gift card to put toward food and fun. *Terms apply, visit

Below are the blood drives that are open to the public in January. Thursday January 7, 12pm-5pm – St. Mary’s Catholic Church – drive will be held at the South Central Ohio Chapter. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: StMarysFLC

Friday January 8, 15 & 29, 9:30am-3:30pm – South Central Ohio Chapter – Friedman Donor Room. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: SCOC

Tuesday January 19,  2pm-8pm – Adena Elementary School – Drive being held at Masonic Lodge located at 23 W. Springfield Street. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: AdenaES

Friday January 22, 11am-5pm – South Central Ohio Chapter – Friedman Donor Room. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: SCOC

TBDBITL Scipt Ohio in Chillicothe

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In October of 2018, The Ohio State University Marching Band performed at Chillicothe High School’s Obadiah Harris Family Athletic Complex as a fundraiser for Adena Mansion and Gardens.

Through the combined efforts of Litter Media and aerial footage provided by Tim Anderson, Jr. of First Capital Aerial, here’s Script Ohio.

VIDEO: The 2020 Chillicothe Holiday Lights Contest Winners

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Watch the video here

The Litter Media Cameras take a look at the 2020 City of Chillicothe Holiday Lights Contest Winners, presented by the Chillicothe Parks & Recreation Department.

The winners include:

Norman Rockwell Division:

1st: Cathy and John Zangri, 330 Piatt Ave

2nd: Randy Kelley, 694 Orange St.

3rd (tie): Halle Minney, 285 Church St.

3rd (tie): Tammy Wright, 302 Fairway Ave.

Clark Griswold Division:

1st (tie): Justin and Randy Dunham, 137 Sharon Rd.

1st (tie): Matt and Jen Cox, 634 W. 5th St.

3rd (tie): Stanley Kennedy, 747 Jefferson Ave.

3rd (tie): Jason M. Adkins, Sr., 341 Clay St.

The City expressed regret there will be no transit bus tours this year due to the COVID-19 health restrictions. A full list of all competitors addresses are available below.

341 Clay St.

747 Jefferson Ave.

891 Madison Ave. (Tune your radio to the appropriate station for a light presentation)

56 Leggett Ave.

225 Hirn St.

285 Church St.

577 Church St.

694 Orange St. (Santa will be available to wave to on Friday and Saturday 630p-8p)

679 Allen Ave.

330 Piatt Ave.

302 Fairway Ave.

28 Fruithill (Tribute to ALS Awareness)

44 Falcon Dr.

226 Granite Cliff Dr.

77 Timberlane Dr.

10 Ledgewood Dr.

137 Sharon Rd.

634 W. 5th St.

Downtown Holiday Open House Filled with Cheer

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If you missed the Chillicothe Downtown Holiday Open House over the weekend, checkout the Litter Media Facebook Photo Album by clicking the photo below.

While numbers were down because of no Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, there were still a good number of visitors seeing what the shops offered and of course, to see Santa at his new location on Enderlin Circle in Yoctangee Park. He’ll be waiting to greet kids every Friday 5:30p-8p, Saturday 4p-8p and Sunday 1p-4p through December 20th.

Chillicothe’s Downtown Holiday Open House – Less Fanfare to Begin Shopping Season

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Chillicothe’s Downtown Holiday Open House is November 20-22, but it will not have the festive kickoff as in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MORE: Watch highlights of the 2018 & 2019 Tree Lighting ceremonies below.

Workers from Bright Solutions at work stringing lights on the City’s Christmas Tree at the south entrance of Chillicothe’s Yoctangee Park.

“We tried to wait as long as we could to try to pull off a tree lighting ceremony” said Mike Throne, President and CEO of the Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce. “It’s just not wise or in the best interest of public safety to bring a thousand people into downtown in close contact to each other – we can’t guarantee people are wearing masks, we can’t guarantee that people are distancing, so we decided we would scrap the lighting ceremony this year.”

While the usual opening festivities will not be held, the park will be lighted with as in the past. Kids can still see Santa, who’s house has been moved into Yoctangee Park near the Rotary Club Shelter House on Enderlin Circle, however it will be a drive-thru experience each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Ivy’s will also have the carriage rides available, but reservations will be required by calling 740-779-9522. Downtown Merchants will still have their doors open to shoppers and the restaurants will be open each day.

Also returning is skating rink in the Municipal Parking Lot at the corner of South Paint and 4th Streets. Throne says the operating dates will last into mind-January with the potential for extended dates into February.

Shoppers are reminded the statewide Health Order for wearing facial coverings are required in all retail stores.

Watch the interview with Mike Throne by clicking the photo below.

Santa’s House on Enderlin Circle in Yoctangee Park
The skating rink returns to the Municipal Parking Lot at South Paint and 4th Streets and will operate into mid-January with the potential of extended dates into February.

Adena to Host Hiring Event for Nurses

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CHILLICOTHE, OH (Nov. 12, 2020) – Adena Health System is searching for new and experienced Medical Assistants (MAs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) with a passion for caring for others. During its hiring event, Adena will accept applications and host open interviews for nurses at all stages of their career.

Opportunities are waiting for both MAs and LPNs.

When:             Thursday, November 19, 2020

4 to 6 p.m.

Where:            Adena PACCAR Medical Education Center

446 Hospital Rd.

Chillicothe, OH  45601

Instructions for the event:

·        Complete the online application in advance of the event


·        Medical Assistant applicants must currently be registered or certified in the state of Ohio or have the ability to obtain their certificate within 90 days of hire. 

·        LPN applicants must be licensed in Ohio or have the ability to obtain their license within 90 days of hire.

All interested MAs and LPNs are encouraged to attend this hiring event. Sign-on bonuses of $1,500 for MAs and $2,000 for LPNs are available. Opportunity for the sign-on bonus will be active for those who apply through November 30, 2020.

During the event, all state and local health guidelines for social distancing and masking and enhanced safety measures will be strictly followed to ensure everyone’s health and well-being.

Adena offers competitive pay and benefits for MAs and LPNs. To learn more about career opportunities at Adena, visit

#LitterMediaLIVE at Pop-Up Testing Site in Yoctangee Park

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The Pop-Up Testing for COVID-19 got underway about 9:15am because so many were in line at the parking lot of the municipal swimming pool in Chillicothe’s Yoctangee Park.

Ross County Health Commissioner Garrett Guillozet talks about the process in our #LitterMediaLIVE segment below. The event was scheduled to run until 2pm November 9th, 2020.

Jason Blevins Crowned 2020 DFKS Virtual Champion

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Jason Blevins holds his 2020 Virtual Champion Award for raising the most dollars in the Dance For Kids’ Sake Virtual Competition. Pictured are Litter Media’s Dan Ramey (DFKS Co-Host); BBBSSCO CEO & President Julie Violette; Blevins and Debbie Bettendorf (DFKS Co-Host).

Litter Media was on hand Monday during the awards presentation for the 2020 Dance For Kids’ Sake virtual competition, benefiting Big Brothers-Big Sisters of South Central Ohio.

Nourse Chillicothe Automall’s Jason Blevins was crowned the 2020 DFKS Virtual Champion, raising $8,625.

“This was different” said Blevins accepting the award in the Nourse Toyota showroom. “Last year, I was extremely nervous (about dancing before a crowd) but it was still a lot of fun. I did it for all the children in the community – all the Little kids that don’t have mentors or anybody to look up to. I appreciate everything that Julie (Violette) does with the Big Brothers-Big Sisters.”

Due to the pandemic, the BBBS was unable to host the traditional dance competition fundraiser. “We had to think outside the box in order to keep everyone safe this year” said Violette, the agency’s CEO and President. Nine participants from previous competitions agreed to compete during the month of October campaign for the mentoring agency which serves children in Fayette, Highland, Pickaway, Pike and Ross Counties.

“Everyone in the community, whether you were a sponsor or you voted for one of our dancers” said Violette, “we thank you from the bottom of our heart.”

Others in the campaign, which raised just short of $24,000, included Dave Strickland, Jennifer Lykins, Elizabeth Scott, Jeff Downs, Julie Preston, Tara Gillum, Matt Knisley and Big Sister Lisa Johnson with her Little Sister Rieghlynn.

Over the last eight years, Dance For Kids’ Sake has been the agency’s biggest fundraiser, generating important operating monies. The 2020 campaign total is about a third of the event’s normal tally. But in a year of a worldwide pandemic which has strapped non-profit organizations financially, any amount is an important boost.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer or contributing to Big Brothers-Big Sisters of South Central Ohio, visit or call 740-773-2447.

Watch the awards presentation here.

Adena to Host Curbside Flu Shot Event November 7th

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Adena Health Center – Woodlands, 311 Caldwell Street in Chillicothe, will be holding a second curbside flu shot event Saturday November 7th from 10am-2pm.

“We were beyond impressed with the community’s responsiveness to our first curbside flu shot event and feel as if it only makes sense for us to do it again,” said Hanna Brown, Service Line Director of Primary Care. 

“This was the first time we’ve offered this service to the public, without requiring an appointment or be an established patient at Adena, and the positive feedback and appreciation the community expressed as a result of the event was phenomenal” Brown added.  “Our caregivers provided nearly 300 flu vaccinations in about four hours, without having to ask anyone to step out of their vehicle. The best part was the fact that kids were able to remain in their car seats, which made it much quicker and easier for parents. It is incredibly important for members of our community to understand the importance of the annual flu vaccine and how it not only decreases their own chances of virus contraction, but for their family as well.”

An appointment for the curbside flu shot event is not necessary. Adults and children can both receive their flu shot during the event. Officials say for children over six months and adults, the flu shot can prevent them from getting sick, prevent flu-related hospitalizations and potentially lessen symptoms or length of illness should they get a strain of the flu. Please have your insurance card and an ID ready upon arrival. Most insurance companies will cover the cost of a yearly flu shot. There is a cost $19.99 for those uninsured. Due to enhanced safety precautions, only credit cards will be accepted during the event. No cash.

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