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Flu Shots Are Available Now

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Flu shots are now available through both Pickaway County Public Health and Ross County Health Districts.

Pickaway County Public Health will be holding a mass flu drive-thru vaccine clinic Wednesday October 7th from 10am-6pm at Ted Lewis Park, 443 North Court Street, Circleville.

Walk-ups will be permitted. The vaccine is available for all ages 6 months and up. There will be a limited supply of high dose flu vaccine for ages 65 and up. Interested persons are asked to pre-register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SVJG3WF

Pickaway Health officials ask to bring your insurance card and Photo ID. If uninsured, the cost is $15 for the flu vaccine, $48 for the high dose vaccine. Masks are required for residents receiving walk-up and drive-thru vaccinations.

Call Pickaway County Health for more details: 740-477-9667 Monday through Friday 8am-4:30pm.

Ross County Health District is vaccinating Senior Citizens at the Health District Office, 150 East Second Street in Chillicothe Friday October 9th from 9am-2pm. The cash price is $25 and they accept Medicare, All Medicaid, HMO’s, Anthem BCBS, United Health Care, Medical Mutual, Aetna, Coresource Cigna insurances.

The Ross County Flu Clinic schedule in the area townships include:

Tuesday, October 13th: Adelphi Community Center 9a-10a; Kingston Annex 10:30a-11:30a; Springfield Township Garage 1p-2p and Harrison Twp. Fire Department 2p-3:30p.

Wednesday, October 14th: Liberty Twp. Fire Department 9a-10a; Richmond Dale Twp. Hall 10:30a-11:30a; Franklin Twp. Fire Department 1:30p-2p and Huntington Twp. Fire Department 2:30p-3:30p.

Thursday, October 15th: Frankfort Fire Department 9a-10a; Clarksburg Fire Department 10:30a-11:30a; Union Twp. Fire Department 1p-2p.

Monday, October 19th: Lyndon Twp. Hall 9a-10a; Paint Twp. Hall 10:30a-11a; Paxton Theater in Bainbridge 1p-2p and Bourneville Fire Department 2:30p-3p.

To contact the Ross County Health District, call 740-779-9652.

Ron Meyers Appointed Chillicothe Police Chief

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Captain Ron Meyers will be sworn in as Chillicothe’s Chief of Police October 5th.

A statement by Chillicothe City Service Director Jeffrey Carman released on the City of Chillicothe Facebook Page Thursday.

Media release regarding the swearing in of the new Chief of Police for the Chillicothe Police Department.

Posted by City of Chillicothe, Ohio on Thursday, October 1, 2020

Chief Meyers, a 24 year veteran of the Chillicothe Police Department, fills the vacancy left by the retirement of Keith Washburn in May of 2020.

Majestic Theater Suspends Productions Through 2020

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Chillicothe’s Majestic Theater announced Thursday it would be suspending productions through the end of the year. In the news release below, the Majestic Board was facing an estimated 65% reduction in operating revenue for 2020. For more details, read below.

CHILLICOTHE, OH – The Majestic Theatre began the year with a schedule filled with a variety of entertainment for patrons, while working towards fundraising goals to match a State Capital Bill grant to begin the next phase of renovations. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck and businesses were ordered to close, the Majestic Theatre’s plan for the year was decimated by the continued closure of performance venues. In late-August performance venues were permitted to reopen with a significant limitation to patron capacity, for the Majestic, this meant the 500+ seat theater would be allowed to open with the maximum of 75 patrons for a production. Due to the restriction, the Majestic Theatre Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to suspend productions through the end of the year. The Board of Directors will continue to monitor conditions and may rescind the suspension if capacity increases become available.

The pandemic has caused a significant financial impact to the Majestic Theatre. Its operating budget is funded through the rental of the theatre, new addition, courtyard, and parking spaces, along with ticket and concession sales. Due to the extended closure followed by the restriction of capacity, the Majestic Theatre estimates that it will experience a 65% reduction in operating revenue for 2020. The funds for operations cover such things as routine monthly expenses, minor repairs, and regular upkeep of the facility.

During the pandemic, many community members have helped the much beloved, historic Majestic Theatre through donations. Most recently, the Majestic successfully completed a dollar- for-dollar donation match challenge that provided the theatre with $15,050 in funding. Beginning on October 1, 2020, a new dollar-for-dollar match challenge has been extended to the Board of Directors to match up to $5,000 in donations. This donation challenge is now active on the Majestic Theatre’s website and can also be made in-person or by mail at the theatre’s business office at 230 N. Plaza Blvd. Any contribution, large or small, are equally important to the theatre’s success. The Board of Directors are very appreciative of the generous donations that have been bestowed upon the organization. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, contributions made to the historic Majestic Theatre can be used towards itemized tax deductions.

Paint Valley ADAMH 2020 BH Hero Awards

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The Paint Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Services Board canceled the Annual Recovery Celebration that is normally held in September because of social distancing restrictions and concern for the safety of our guests due to the COVID19 pandemic. As we continue our efforts to support recovery on every level, it is important to take a moment and thank those on the front lines. Last week, the Behavioral Health(BH) Hero Awards were delivered to the BH Heroes to honor them for going above and beyond to make sure that our residents continue to receive needed services during the pandemic.

Executive Director of the Paint Valley ADAMH Board, Penny Dehner, stated “So many good things are happening in our communities and there is a steadfast commitment to quality treatment and recovery. Treatment works, people recover and recovering people work and give back to our communities. September is Recovery Month and it is important to celebrate and honor individuals doing extraordinary work. The Paint Valley ADAMH Board is so pleased to honor those that are making a difference in our Recovery Oriented System of Care by making sure our communities have the services that they need.”

The Mental Health BH Hero of the Year is Matt Cox, Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center. He was nominated by Jhan Corzine. Matt works with veterans who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and PTSD. He is involved in all facets of his client’s lives from assisting them with clothing, housing, education, employment and transportation. Matt created a bike shop at the VA as a resource for the entire community to use and has received a national award for the program. Last year he launched the Ross County Tour of Heros and raised money for the adaptive sports program at the VA which provides specially designed bicycles for the mentally or physically affected veterans. Matt has also donated his time and efforts to assist the Ross County Suicide Prevention Coalition by providing timing services for their annual 5K fundraiser. He is a true advocate for those he serves.

The Crisis Intervention Team BH Hero is Officer Dave McIntyre of the Circleville Police Department. He was nominated by Sgt. Phil Roar. Officer McIntyre is a leader amongst the CIT officers in the Circleville Police Department. He often takes the initiative to respond to calls when he can assist. One example of Officer McIntyre using his CIT Skills was on August 17, 2020. He was on a domestic call where several adults were detained and arrested, which was very upsetting to a child. Using his CIT skill set he was able to deescalate the situation to a controllable level and provide comfort to the child. Officer McIntyre’s believes in the ADAMH mission and accredits his success to his CIT training.

The Prevention BH Hero is Amey Van Voorhis, Paint Valley PAX Partner. She was nominated by Leighanne Johnson. Amy has gone above and beyond to help Paint Valley Elementary School grow and extend our PAX program for our students. She extends her help and support to the teachers and staff whenever it is needed. She believes that each student is worthy and deserves the best care and support at school. She offers her own time and energy to create the best environment for the Paint Valley Students. Amey has mentored many new partners and she honors the PAX program by creating a welcoming and engaging learning environment for everyone she works with.

The Addiction BH Hero is Brandi Hawthorne, Case Management Coordinator in the Transitions Program in Pike County. She was nominated by Lisa Pfeifer. Brandi works with individuals and families in or impacted by recovery. During her time, she has built close relationships with the organizations providing recovery and mental health services, as well as the Pike County Court System. Brandi implemented the first adult work experience program for her employer and has developed innovative supportive service programs to assist our clients. Brandi has received recognition for her progressive thinking and was chosen as a panelist on a state-wide webinar featuring Pike County CAC’s Transitions Program on May 7, 2020. She is the president of the Pike County Drug Abuse Prevention Coalition, participates in March United, and the Gus Macker Tournament sponsored by the Recovery Council. Her contribution to the Transitions Program has made it the success it is today and she continues to help many overcome the impact of addiction.

The following individuals also received PAX Hero Awards for their dedication to the students of our Board region:

  1.   Heidi Gray, Ross County – Huntington Elementary School Principal
  2.   Leighanne Johnson, Ross County – Paint Valley Elementary School Guidance Counselor
  3.   Susan Prall, Pike County – Waverly Elementary School Guidance Counselor
  4.   Nicole Wills, Ross County – Southeastern Elementary School Principal Paint Valley ADAMH Board is a political subdivision of state government, created in 1967 by the Ohio legislature to ensure the availability of community-based addiction and mental health services for the residents of Fayette, Highland, Pickaway, Pike and Ross Counties.
Paint Valley ADAMH Executive Director Penny Dehner with Matt Cox. Submitted Photo
Dave McIntyre. Submitted Photo
Amy Van Voorhis. Submitted Photo
Brandi Hawthorne. Submitted Photo
PAX Hero Award recipients, left to right: Heidi Gray; Leighanne Johnson; Susan Prall; Nicole Wills. Submitted Photo

VA offers Veterans drive-thru service for flu shots

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CHILLICOTHE, OHIO – With the COVID-19 still present, getting your flu vaccine is extremely important this year.  Help protect yourself and others by getting your flu vaccination.

Symptoms associated with seasonal flu include:

  1. fever
  2. chills
  3. body or muscle aches
  4. headache
  5. feeling tired and weak
  6. cough
  7. sneezing
  8. runny or stuffy nose
  9. sore throat
  10. 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:

  1. Don’t smoke.
  2. Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
  3. Exercise regularly.
  4. Maintain a healthy weight.
  5. Get adequate sleep.
  6. 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 upper arm to be bare for the injection.  

Chillicothe VA Drive-Thru Flu Clinic (Building 9)

Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10a – 6p through November 19

Athens VA Clinic Walk-Up Flu Clinic

Tuesdays 8a – Noon; Thursdays 1p – 4p 

Cambridge VA Clinic Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

October 6, 10a – 6p; Walk Up Flu Clinic, Thursdays 4:30p – 6p by appointment, call 740-432-1963

Lancaster VA Clinic Walk-Up Flu Clinic

Thursdays 8a – 4p through October 29

Saturday Flu Clinic, October 3, 10a – 2p

Evening Flu Clinic, October 8, 4p – 8p

Outreach Flu Clinic at Amvets, 700 S. Maple Street, October 6, 10a – 2p

Marietta VA Clinic Walk-Up Flu Clinic

VA Mobile Unit, October 29, 10a – 6p

Outreach Flu Clinic at American Legion Post 64, 9 Wooster Street, September 19, 10a – 6p; October 9, 10a – 6p

Outreach Flu Clinic at Marietta Times Parking Lot, 700 Channel Lane

VA Mobile Unit, September 26, 8:30a – 3:30p

Portsmouth VA Clinic Walk-Up Flu Clinic

Thursdays 8a – 4p, through October 29

Saturday Flu Clinic, October 3, 10a – 2p

Evening Flu Clinic, October 8, 4p – 8p

Outreach Flu Clinic at American Legion, 705 S. Court Street, October 6, 10a – 2p

Wilmington VA Clinic Drive-Up/Walk-Up Flu Clinic

Monday/Wednesday/Fridays 12:30p – 4:30p, through October 30

Saturday Flu Clinic, October 17, 10a – 2p

Evening Flu Clinic, September 23, 4p – 8p, October 14, 4p – 8p

With questions regarding the flu clinics, Veterans can call 773-1141, ext. 5575, or your local VA Clinic.  

Athens VA Clinic: 740-592-7220

Cambridge VA Clinic: 740-432-1963

Lancaster VA Clinic: 740-653-6145

Marietta VA Clinic: 740-568-0412

Portsmouth VA Clinic: 740-353-3236

Wilmington VA Clinic: 937-382-3949

If you are not enrolled in the VA healthcare system, visit chillicothe.va.gov/enrollment.asp to register or call 740-772-7170 with questions.

Telethon Benefiting United Way Ross County is Sunday

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A reminder to join the United Way of Ross County’s annual campaign kick-off telethon this Sunday from 1pm-6pm.

The “United We All Win” Telethon will be streamed live on the United Way of Ross County’s Facebook Page from the Majestic Theater.

To call in to make a donation, call 740-775-1018.

Get more details below.

VA Offers Free Virtual Drum Circle Program to Veterans 


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CHILLICOTHE, OHIO – This year has brought many challenges, with likely the largest one being the COVID-19 pandemic.  For months, most people were asked to stay home, and practice social distancing.  One of the greatest challenges with social distancing is the isolation and boredom, which for some of us can trigger other challenges, such as depression and anxiety.  Veterans often struggle with these mental health symptoms, along with chronic pain, hypertension and other physical conditions. 

In order to address the needs of our Veterans who might be stuck at home for the long haul during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chillicothe VA Medical Center developed a partnership with the Veteran led drumming organization called Warrior Beats to bring the healing power of drumming to Veterans.  Since we cannot bring the Veterans to the drum circle, we will bring the drum circle to the Veterans.  The Chillicothe VA Virtual Drum Circle is an opportunity to bring at least some of the benefits of drumming to Veterans in the comfort and privacy of their homes, while still observing social distancing precautions.  

The therapeutic advantages of drumming are evidence based and cover almost all domains of life.  Drumming has been shown to improve anxiety and stress through mindfulness.  Drumming also helps with struggles in impulse control, regularization of responses, altering the way the brain processes information, boosts the immune system, decreases levels of chronic pain and more than all of that, is fun. 

There are social benefits to drumming as well.  People who participate in drumming report a better sense of community, have enjoyed learning about the origin and cultures from which drumming originates, helps increase socialization and even fosters teamwork. 

Veterans can register for the Virtual Drum Circle on the Warrior Beats website (https://warriorbeat.org/chilicothe-va-streaming-drum-program-signup/).  Once the registration is received by the Chillicothe VA, a staff member will contact the Veteran and make arrangements to have a small hand drum delivered to their home free of charge.  Once registered, Veterans will receive an email directly from Warrior Beats prior to each drum circle.  To join the session, Veterans merely click on the link provided, enter the Zoom Meeting chat room, grab their drum and start playing.

For more information about the Virtual Drum Circle Program, call 740-773-1141, extension 6075.

9/11 REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY

The Aladdin Pipes and Drums perform during the 2018 Remembrance Ceremony at the Chillicothe VAMC.

The Chillicothe VA will also hold it’s annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony this Friday at 9am at Building 259, the Chillicothe VA Fire Department.

The event will be streamed live via the Chillicothe VA Facebook Page.

Retired Firefighter Alan Wallace talks at the Chillicothe VAMC about his experience with the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon in 2001.
In 2018, Chillicothe VAMC Fire Chief Robert Kirkbride talked of his experience on 9/11

Adena to Ease Visitor Restrictions on Monday

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CHILLICOTHE, OH (Sept. 3, 2020) – Adena Health System will ease visitor restrictions for inpatient visits, effective Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. A no-visitor restriction went into effect on July 20 when it was determined the number of positive COVID-19 cases were increasing to levels the region had not previously experienced.

“With the summer, we saw significantly more positive COVID-19 cases throughout Adena’s nine-county service region,” said Dr. Kirk Tucker, chief clinical officer for Adena Health. “While we understand the impact these decisions have on our patients, their families and support people, it is necessary for all of us to be flexible when it comes to doing what is necessary to ensure the safety and protection of our staff, patients and communities.” Tucker, added, “The curve has flattened once again, and I believe in most cases, it is safe to allow one visitor where we can.”

Under the single visitor policy, those admitted to Adena, with the exception of specialty or high-risk areas, may have one visitor at a time during visitation hours. The allowance of visitors to specialty and high-risk areas, such as Behavioral Health and COVID-19 cohorts will be determined at the unit and/or provider’s discretion.

Visitor information includes:

·        Hospitalized patients may have more than one visitor in a day, but just one visitor at a time;

·        ER patients may have one visitor accompany them;

·        Maternity patients may have one support person with them throughout labor, delivery and the duration of her stay;

·        Maternity patients under age 18 may have one parent or guardian visitor, in addition to the father of the infant;

·        Visitors are not permitted in ancillary testing areas, UNLESS the patient has a disability and needs help accessing care;

·        Elective surgery patients may have one visitor who will be going home after the procedure;

·        Due to space limitations in relation to social distancing in waiting and exam rooms, one person may join a patient for most physician office visits;

·        No visitors under age 18 (unless they are the parent of a patient); and

·        Patients under age 18 may have two parents or guardians visit, who are not required to leave at close of visiting hours.

Hospital visiting hours are 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., seven days a week. Adena’s Visitor Policy is available to view at adena.org. To assure a safe environment, all visitors are required to participate in the COVID-19 screening process, register upon entry, follow social distancing, hand hygiene guidelines, and must wear a mask or face covering throughout their visit in the hospital or health center.

Adena Health System has incorporated higher levels of safety in all of its facilities. To learn more about Adena’s current safety protocols, view our video Safe at Adena, located on adena.org.

Virtual Handbag Hullaballoo Helps Ronald McDonald House Charities

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The Central Ohio Ronald McDonald House, near Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, provides a place to stay for families who have a child admitted in the hospital.

McDonald’s Jan Detty says in 2019, 158 families from Pickaway, Pike and Ross County were served by the Ronald McDonald House. The Central Ohio RMH is the largest in the world with 137 rooms.

R.H.F. Enterprises, which owns and operates McDonald’s restaurants in Chillicothe, Circleville, Greenfield and Waverly, has hosted Handbag Hullaballoo as a fundraiser for RMHC the last four years and the 2020 event is Thursday September 17th.

Handbag Hullaballoo is a game played much like bingo, and the prizes awarded are upscale designer handbags by Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Coach and more.

The Chillicothe Handbag Hullaballoo raised $32,000 for the RMH last September.

While seating at the Christopher Conference Center is sold out, this year’s event will also be held virtually.

The $50 virtual tickets can be purchased at www.rmhc-centralohio.org.

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Telethon Kicks Off United Way Ross County Annual Campaign

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United Way of Ross County, announced the details of its 2020-2021 Campaign Kickoff Thursday. The kickoff will be held in the form of a telethon, to be held on September 13, 2020, at Chillicothe’s historic Majestic Theatre from 11:00 am -7:00 pm and will be streamed live via Facebook.

The campaign theme is United We All Win.

“We found the theme, ‘United We All Win,’ to be very appropriate given the challenges faced in fundraising during this time of COVID-19,” says Rick W. Smith Sr., MBA, MA, CFRL, president and CEO, United Way of Ross County.

“Nonprofits around the world are faced with an inability to raise money through their typical means via special events like galas, golf tournaments, and in-person visits. For us, we raise most of the money that we grant back into the community through traditional workplace giving campaigns. While we plan to do some of this, but due to COVID-19, many businesses cannot allow us to come into their buildings. So we as a staff decided that we would offer a virtual event to the community, a virtual telethon that would be much fun, raise money and benefit the community. United We All Win.”

The telethon will be hosted by, Lori Graves, and will feature regional talent and national talent from various parts of the country. The telethon also features comedian, Michael Colyar who’s appeared on The Martin Lawrence Show and ABC’s Black-ish.

The event will also feature music from Asa Lovechild, Scott Butterbaugh, Alexis Cierra, Scott Collier, and Dave Huffman, as well as local bands Six to Noon and BBJ Project, along with acoustic talent Pete Blevins and Funny Bone comedian Jon Craig.

“The telethon will be loads of fun as lots of entertainment will be offered, and we will conduct a silent auction with some amazing items up for bid, including vacation packages, weekend dinners, artwork from world renowned visual artist and author, Synthia SAINT JAMES and a local artist who will create a piece of art that will be auctioned to the highest bidder” says Smith. “There will also be some surprise guests that you will not want to miss.” The musical talent will be segmented into various genres of music, from Gospel to Country and Hip-Hop to Blues to Bluegrass.

The money raised from the telethon will go back into the community through grants that the United Way of Ross County gives to Ross County non-profits and schools.

For more information, contact the United Way of Ross County at (740) 773-3280.