Category Archives: Community Services

Adena Mansion & Gardens Hosting Virtual Volunteer Orientation Feb. 20th

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Adena Mansion & Gardens is preparing for its 2021 season with a ZOOM Volunteer Orientation on Saturday February 20 at 9am.

The orientation is for returning volunteers or anyone interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at the historic site. Adena was the home of Ohio’s sixth governor, Thomas Worthington.

In a release about the orientation, Executive Director Kathy Styer notes Adena relies on the generosity of its volunteers and numerous opportunities are available for anyone interested in participating in the volunteer program.

Volunteers dress up in period costume for special events in the Mansion, Tenant House or Barn while others are needed to answer questions in the Museum, work with school groups or pitching in behind the scenes. Some volunteers even get their hands dirty by helping in the garden.

Different positions require varying levels of training and time commitments.

To register for the event, call 740-772-1500, online at or via email to

Adena Mansion and Gardens Society manages the site on behalf of the Ohio Historical Society. Adena is located at the south end of Adena Road, off Pleasant Valley Road, which is the first road off State Route 104, just north of the US 35 interchange at the north edge of Chillicothe.

RCCVB 2021 Visitor’s Guide Now Available

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The new Visitor’s Guide from the Ross-Chillicothe Convention and Visitors Bureau has arrived at the tourism office.

RCCVB Executive Director, Melody Young said in a release the guide “showcases our attractions, our vibrant downtown, our county villages, monthly events, and of course, all the outdoor adventures that a visitor can experience.”

From floating the county’s waterways with The Water’s Edge and Salt Creek Kayaking Adventures to Adena Mansion and Gardens, the Outdoor Drama Tecumseh, the Hopewell Culture Earthworks, camping, hiking, biking and where to eat, it can be found in the Visitor’s Guide.

Young added businesses would like guides for their offices to display, to contact the RCCVB, 740-702-7677.

Become a Ross County Super Hero Volunteer

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For those resolving to volunteer more in 2021, United Way Ross County has opportunities available.

To volunteer as an individual or as a team, visit The Ross County Volunteer Center.

The Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce urged members to become a “Ross County Super Hero” by volunteering through an email blast Tuesday morning.

The Chamber also announced their office has resumed normal business hours, open Monday through Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-4pm.

Adena Welcomes First Baby of the New Year

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Pictured: Parents Charlie and Cassandra Dalton hold Rylan Dalton, 2021’s first baby born early Friday morning at Adena Regional Medical Center. (submitted photo)

CHILLICOTHE, OH (Jan. 2, 2021) – The birth of a baby has always been a symbol of new beginnings and fresh hope – and following what has been an unprecedented 2020, no year has probably been more in need of a positive start than 2021.

So when Cassandra and Charlie Dalton, Pike County natives who now live in Chillicothe, welcomed their new son, Rylan, as Adena Health System’s first baby of the New Year, it was a cause for excitement and optimism for the future.

“Hopefully he’s a good luck charm and makes this year better,” said Cassandra.

Rylan, at 9 pounds, 15 ounces and 22 inches long, entered the world at 3:41 a.m. New Year’s Day. He joins the couple’s four-year-old and five-year-old daughters in the family, who Cassandra said are more than ready to meet their new brother.

“They’re so excited and can’t wait for us to get home,” Cassandra said Friday evening.

Cassandra is looking forward to the return home as well and what the next few months have in store as they adjust to being a family of five.

“I’m looking forward to just spending time with my kids and my husband and seeing my babies grow up,” she said.

Per tradition, the New Year’s Baby was presented with a basket of baby items, clothes and other gifts, donated by the Adena Women’s Board.

Congratulations to the family.

Elf on a Shelf Fun Spreads Cheer at Pike County’s Western Local Schools

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Western Elementary Principal Bethany Whitt poses with the school’s Elf on a Shelf wall display

2020 has been such a difficult year for many schools in Ohio, but especially so for Appalachia Ohio. Students entering Western Local Schools were greeted in a special way before their break for Christmas.

“We thought it would be a great idea to do this for our students considering this has been such a tough year for them” said Bethany Whitt, Western Elementary Principal. “The unknowns and uncertainties has caused a lot of stress in our students even those in the primary (k-3) grades.”

Whitt and Western Primary Principal Heather Thompson were found sitting atop the pillars supporting the Western Elementary School sign at the school entrance from Ohio 124 in Latham, Ohio.

“We had decided to make this week as fun as possible for our students and we figured what better way to end the week by dressing up as the elf on the shelf and greet them when they came in” said Whitt.

Whitt said she and Thompson were “on the shelf” for about half an hour. “It worked out better than we expected because  we had a two hour delay with the possibility of some freezing rain in the early hours. With the delay it was lighter outside so we were more visible. We tried to be out front upon the arrival of the first bus and we stayed out there until the last bus and student drop offs were finished.”

Whitt ascribes to the message “Every day, every student deserves a smile, a hug and a dose of humor.”  She says the approach can be attributed to a professor from her under graduate studies who taught “The best thing you can do as a teacher/administrator is build relationships and one way to do this is to have some fun every now and then.”

Western Primary Principal Heather Thompson poses with the school’s Elf on a Shelf wall display
Western Elementary Principal Bethany Whitt poses with the school’s Elf on a Shelf wall display

Change in Services Offered
 at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center

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CHILLICOTHE, OHIO – In order to maximize resources in response to the COVID 19 pandemic across the South Central Ohio market within VISN 10, the Chillicothe VA Medical Center will close the acute medical beds, including the COVID care unit.  Urgent Care will remain open.  For Veterans who need admission for acute medical care or COVID, care will be coordinated with the VA facilities in Dayton, Cincinnati and Wright Patterson Air Force Base, as well as community hospitals.  

If you need to schedule an appointment, you can contact your healthcare provider through MyHealtheVet secure messaging or call 740-773-1141, extension 5575. 

While this adjustment to inpatient procedures is effective immediately, Veterans’ needs will be continuously reassessed and adjusted as needed.

The VA continues to be committed to providing Veterans quality healthcare and meeting their healthcare needs with minimized risk to this virus.  A variety of at-home resources and virtual care options are available.  For more information about VA’s Connected Care technologies, visit

Veterans not enrolled in the VA healthcare system are encouraged to visit to register or call 740-772-7170 with questions.

Consider Supporting Hospitalized Veterans
 on Giving Tuesdays in December

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CHILLICOTHE, OHIO – During the month of December, the Chillicothe VA Medical Center reminds community members, businesses and organizations about the benefits of supporting local hospitalized Veterans on GivingTuesdays.  Created in 2012, GivingTuesday is a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity before the holidays, and enables participants to turn good intentions into action.

Each year, hundreds of Veterans spend the holidays in the Chillicothe VA Community Living Centers (CLCs).  Many of these hospitalized Veterans may not have an opportunity to see family members and friends during the holiday season.  On GivingTuesday and throughout the year, community members, corporate donors and other organizations can support Veteran inpatients by making a donation to the Chillicothe VA’s Holiday Gift Program, which provides gift packages for each hospitalized Veteran on the CLCs during the holiday season.

“The holidays can be a very lonely and challenging time of the year for many people, but this is even more evident for Veterans who are hospitalized and far from their loved ones,” says Heather Murphy, Chief, Voluntary Services.  “GivingTuesday is a wonderful opportunity to support the needs of our hospitalized Veterans this holiday season and to remind them that their service in the armed forces has not been forgotten.”

To make a donation, visit and click on “Volunteer or Donate” on the left side of the page, or call 740-773-1141, extension 7420.

Veterans not enrolled in the VA healthcare system are encouraged to visit to register or call 740-772-7170 with questions.

CPD’s No Shave November & Other Donations Nets Nearly $7,000 for Southern Ohio Survivors

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Practicing social distancing, Southern Ohio Survivors accepts checks from the Chillicothe Police Department’s No Shave November campaign. Pictured: Chillicothe Police Chief Ron Meyers, Sargent Micah Shanks, SOS Board member Avery Brown, Officer Terry Brown and SOS Representative Dan Ramey of Litter Media

The Chillicothe Police Department’s annual No Shave November campaign raised $2,470 for locally based cancer survivor advocate Southern Ohio Survivors.

“2020 has been challenging for non-profit organizations nationally and locally due to the pandemic” said Litter Media‘s Dan Ramey, representing SOS as former Vice President of the organization. “With the cancellation of SOS’s larger fundraisers like Paint The Creek and Rudolf Run and Glow Walk, they’ve taken a hit financially. We’re grateful the City of Chillicothe allowed the CPD to have their campaign once again and efforts like our friends at Backwoodz Oddities and Avery Brown and her friends for their donations. They mean the world to SOS and those they serve.”

Brown, a junior Board Member is a sophomore at Chillicothe High School who first began her Pink Pumpkin campaign as a third grade student at Bishop Flaget Elementary. The efforts by Avery and her friends over the years have raised well over $10,000 for SOS, including a $3,075 donation last October.

Backwoodz Oddities have selected SOS as a recipient of a portion of the proceeds from their annual “Last Carnival” haunted house on Valley Road in rural Ross County. Their 2020 donation of $1,287 gives groups like SOS a fighting chance to help those they regularly service with gas cards to help with expenses for cancer survivors to get to their treatments.

SOS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to help cancer/chronic illness survivors live with, through, and beyond a diagnosis. All funds raised remain local. SOS is dedicated to inspiring the people of Southern Ohio to make a difference in the lives of Survivors through financial generosity and volunteer commitment.

December American Red Cross Blood Drives

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Donors of all blood types are urged to give now to keep the blood supply stable over the holidays. Blood donations often decline from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, and the COVID19 pandemic may further impact donations. Give blood and be the lifeline patients need. Medical conditions and emergencies don’t stop for the holidays or a pandemic. There aren’t enough people donating blood to help patients in need. You can help by encouraging others to sign up to donate blood. Below are the blood drives that are open to the public in December.

  • South Central Chapter House – Drive Sponsored by Unioto High School Senior Hannah Notestine

$10 E-Gift Card For Donors ages 16-24

Tuesday December 1st,2:00pm-8:00pm

To schedule an appointment call Hannah Notestine at (740)656-2456, email, or visit, sponsor code: LSLUnioto

  • Bainbridge Community – American Legion Hall

$10 E-Gift Card For Donors ages 16-24

Friday December 11th,2:00pm-7:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: Bainbridge

  • South Central Ohio Chapter – Friedman Donor Room

$10 E-Gift Card For Donors ages 16-24

Tuesday December 15th, 11:00am-5:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: SCOC

  • South Central Ohio Chapter – Friedman Donor Room

FREE Long-Sleeved Red Cross T-Shirt For ALL Donors

Friday December 18th, 9:30am-3:30pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: SCOC

  • Christian Life Tabernacle – Fellowship Hall

FREE Long-Sleeved Red Cross T-Shirt For ALL Donors

Monday December 21, 1:00pm-6:00pm

To schedule an appointment call Dian Smith at (740)773-6044, 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: CLTabernacle

  • iHeartMEDIA Blood Bash – Drive held at South Central Ohio Chapter

FREE Long-Sleeved Red Cross T-Shirt For ALL Donors

Tuesday December 29th, 1:00pm-6:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: iHeartMEDIA

  • Tabernacle Baptist Church – 221 E. Main Street

FREE Long-Sleeved Red Cross T-Shirt For ALL Donors

Wednesday December 30th, 12:30pm-5:30pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: TBC

Adena to Tighten Visitor Restrictions Monday

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CHILLICOTHE, OH (Nov. 20, 2020) – Adena Health System announced today that it will be tightening its visitor restrictions on Monday, November 23, 2020 in an effort to help limit the spread of Coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses, as inpatient volumes at its hospitals and COVID-19 positive cases across the region continue to rise.  

“One third of all confirmed positive Coronavirus cases in Ohio since February have occurred in the last two weeks,” said Chief Clinical Officer Kirk Tucker, MD. “That shows you the magnitude of this current surge. It is trends like this that our clinical and operations teams examine closely and make decisions that are in the best interest for our patients, visitors, physicians and staff.”

He added, “This is why Adena is moving back to a tightening of our visitor restrictions. It is important to know that we were unanimous in our plan not to go to a zero visitor policy at this time. Having zero visitors is bad for patient morale, but also creates challenges with staff coordinating patient discharge plans with family members or support persons not present.”

Effective Nov. 23, 2020, at Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Adena Greenfield Medical Center in Greenfield and Adena Pike Medical Center in Waverly, visitor access will be limited to:

·        One named visitor on Non-COVID Inpatient Units per day during limited visiting hours;

·        One named visitor in Emergency Departments for non-COVID suspected or confirmed patients;

·        One named visitor for Inpatient Maternity/Labor & Delivery/Pediatrics COVID patients per patient including minor patients and one visitor for non-COVID patient with exception of minor patients who will be allowed one parent in addition to one named visitor;

·        No visitation with the exception of end of life for Confirmed or Suspected Inpatient COVID patients;

·        No visitors in ICU without clinical team approval;  

·        Up to two visitors limited to immediate family for any End-of-Life Situations;

·        One visitor for Elective Surgery patients going home after the procedure;

·        No visitors on the Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit;

·        No visitors for Outpatient/Ambulatory Clinic visits and testing unless the following exceptions;

o   Minor patients (under 18) – two visitors, limited to only parents or guardians

o   OB and Pediatric clinics:  new mothers with lifting restrictions

o   OB Clinic: one support person may attend initial ultrasound and 20 week visit with the expectant mother

o   Pulmonary Clinic: one visitor for patients struggling with ambulatory issues

o   One visitor/support person for patients with significant physical or mental disabilities

o   Support person required for care planning or to support of disease management (i.e., cancer diagnosis) – must be approved by provider in advance

o   Patient brought in by transport

·        No visitors under age 18;

·        One named visitor acting in the role of a Caretaker for non-COVID patient will be allowed access if meet requirements set by clinical team;

·        Inpatients may have one in-person Spiritual Support visit by their own clergy for brief spiritual support if requested by patient and family;

·        Due to space limitations in relation to social distancing, waiting room areas are closed to visitors; and 

·        Visitors are not to be loitering in the hospital and must remain in patient room at all times

Hospital visiting hours will be limited to 2 – 7 p.m., seven days a week. Adena’s Visitor Policy is available to view at To assure a safe environment, all visitors are required to participate in the COVID-19 screening process at entrances, maintain social distancing, follow hand hygiene guidelines, and must wear a mask or face covering throughout their visit including while inside of the patient room.