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Ohio State Parks Offer Labor Day Special Events

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(Columbus) – The summer is winding down, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering free and fun events this Labor Day weekend.

Here are some area state park activities that you might want to check out:

  • Deer Creek State Park

Sept. 3: Labor Day Weekend Campout, 4 p.m. Join us for our Labor Day Campout and activities. Food sold by the Friends of Deer Creek. For registered campers only. 

At the Deer Creek Lodge: 

Sept. 3-5, 5 p.m. – close, Dining room food specials. Dusk – poolside movie and group fire ring. Non-lodge guest pool passes $12 daily.

  • Lake Hope State Park

Sept. 3 – 5: Selfie Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m-6 p.m. Take a picture of yourself or your group with objects big and small. It may be started any time but must be completed before 4 p.m on Sept. 5 for a prize. Pick up the form outside of the nature center. All programs subject to change. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

Sept. 3: Float the Lake, 9 a.m-11 am.  Advanced registration required.
Free 2-hour Paddling Program searching for wildlife in the water and along the edge of the lake on a kayak. Ages 12 and up. Experience on how to use a kayak is required. Bring water and prepare to get wet. Equipment provided. Meet our naturalist at the shelter house past the beach area. All programs subject to change. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

Sept. 3: Cold Blooded Creatures, 2 p.m – 3 pm. Meet our Naturalist and a few reptiles that call Lake Hope home. How do you know if it’s a reptile and what is their life like? They aren’t just COLD, they are COOL! All programs subject to change. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

Sept. 5: Archery, Free. Meet at the Nature Center for Archery.  Equipment and instruction provided.  Free and fun for the whole family. Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow. For ages 8 and up. All programs subject to change. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.
Sept. 5: Glow Worm Walk, 8-9 p.m. Discover the secret life of lightning bugs. Meet the naturalist at Hope School House and take a short walk to find the larvae. All programs subject to change. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. 

Note: For all events at Lake Hope State Park contact the naturalist, Kaylin Callander, at (740) 596-3030 if special accommodations are needed for participation.

  • Shawnee State Park (Lodge and Conference Center)

Sept. 2, 5 p.m., Dinner Specials; 6 p.m. Riverdays Concert Series – Julia Neville & King Calaway, downtown Portsmouth.
Sept. 3, 5 p.m., Dinner Specials; 6 p.m., Ice Cream Social in the lodge main lobby; 6 p.m., Riverdays Concert Series, downtown Portsmouth; 7 p.m., Live music featuring The Josh Stewart Band, poolside; 8 p.m., Marshmallow Roast, poolside.

Sept. 4, 8 a.m., Breakfast Specials; 11 a.m., The Grand Riverdays Parade, downtown Portsmouth; 12 p.m., Lunch Specials; 5 p.m., Dinner Specials; 6 p.m., Ice Cream Social in the lodge main lobby; 6 p.m., Riverdays Concert Series, downtown Portsmouth; 7 p.m., Live music featuring Mothman Acoustic, poolside; 8 p.m. Marshmallow Roast, poolside.

Sept.5, 8 a.m., Breakfast Specials; 11 a.m., Riverdays Powerboat Racing, downtown Portsmouth; 12 p.m., Lunch Specials; 1 p.m. Riverday The Voice Contest, downtown Portsmouth; 5 p.m., Dinner Specials; 6 p.m. Ice Cream Social in the lodge main lobby; 6 p.m., Riverdays Concert Series; 8 p.m., Marshmallow Roast, poolside; 10 p.m., Riverdays Fireworks Extravaganza, downtown Portsmouth.
To learn more about family-friendly events at Ohio’s state parks and to plan your next adventure, visit

Walnut Street Children’s School Adds New Curriculum This Year

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Students at Chillicothe’s Walnut Street Children’s School will be greeted by a new curriculum this fall when they return to class on September 8th.

School Director Debbie Rossman says they have transformed their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) curriculum to STREAM, which adds a Religion component to the curriculum at the direction of the Walnut Street Children’s School Board. 

Litter Media’s Mike Smith visited with Director Debbie Rossman and School Board Chairman Jhan Corzine to discuss the changes as well as enrollment. Classes begin September 8th, 2021.

(See interview below)

(Click the arrow in the image to watch our interview with Walnut Street Children’s School officials)

Board member Jhan Corzine says- “We are very excited about the new curriculum and it allows us to take advantage of the fact that we are a church preschool and therefore we are entirely free to bring religion into our teaching practices and we always have.” 

Corzine says the teaching of the Bible and science will be basic at “an appropriate age level.”

The school expects enrollment to be up from the 40 it got down to last year in the pandemic. They currently have approximately 60 students registered for this year, but are hoping for more than 70, with their maximum limit being about 90.

To learn more, visit, call 740-775-2525 or email:

Chillicothe VAMC Closes North Entrance To Assist COVID Screening

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(Chillicothe) – The Chillicothe VA Medical Center and its Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) continue to adjust to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Ohio.  These changes are in an effort to protect the Veterans we serve and minimize the risk of exposure to the virus.

As part of this effort, traffic flow onto the Chillicothe VA campus will be shifted to a single-entry access effective Wednesday, September 1, until further notice.  The facility’s North Entrance will be closed and access to the VA will flow from the South and West gates to Cleveland Avenue. 

Those entering the VA’s facility will be required to complete a drive thru screening process on Cleveland Avenue prior to continuing onto the campus.  The Golf Course and VA Memorial Stadium can be accessed via Cleveland Avenue.

To speed up this screening process, Veterans, caregivers and general public are encouraged to utilize one of the following COVID screening options:

  • Text “Screen” to 53079.
  • Use your cell phone camera to scan the following QR code.
  • Visit the screening tool website at: 

Once the screening questions are completed, show your cell phone screen at the screening station on the VA campus.

General thru traffic will be able to use the South and West gates without going through the screening check point. 

What can you do to protect yourself and others?  Take everyday preventive actions to avoid being exposed to the virus:  

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick or becoming sick.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Masks continue to be required inside VA buildings and outside when social distancing is not possible.  Children under the age of 18 are not permitted inside buildings.

If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, call your healthcare provider.  Veterans can call the VA, 740-773-1141, extension 15575, for guidance.   

For information regarding what to know, what to do, and how VA is responding:

Ohio University To Require COVID Vaccination For Students/Staff On Campus

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(ATHENS) – Ohio University has announced the requirement for all OU students and staff attending class or working on the main and all regional campuses to have a COVID vaccination.

OU President Hugh Sherman shared the following message with the Ohio University community today:

Dear Ohio University students, faculty, and staff:
If there’s one thing we know to be true, it’s that OHIO Bobcats care deeply for one another. From doctors and nurses volunteering time and talent to provide community access to vaccinations in rural areas to making sure our friends, peers and colleagues are staying engaged during times of isolation, our University community has demonstrated time and again that this is a community of care. 

Our commitment is to provide our students with the most normal college experience possible, but the reality is that as a nation, we are not as far as we hoped we would be in battling the pandemic. Public health experts are tracking an increase in cases in Ohio and on our campuses due to the extremely contagious Delta variant, and we need to do everything we can to continue to show our care and respect for one another and do our part to help keep the entire community safe and healthy.

Therefore, after thoughtful consideration, in consultation with public health experts and in agreement with many of our peer institutions across the state, all OHIO students, faculty, and staff at all locations are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 15, 2021. For vaccines that require two doses, both doses must be completed by this date. This applies to all employees, including those working remotely and all students except those enrolled exclusively in fully online programs and coursework who will not access University facilities on any campus in person.  

It’s important to note, there will be an opportunity to apply for an exemption of the vaccine requirement for medical reasons or for reasons of conscience, including ethical and moral belief or sincerely held religious beliefs. 

All students must be vaccinated or granted an exemption in order to participate in any spring semester in-person activities, including face-to-face instruction and residence life, at any location. 

Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines

Ohio University recognizes the following vaccines under this policy. 

  • Pfizer (two dose)
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (one dose) 
  • Moderna (two dose)
  • Vaccines currently approved under a WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL)  

How to Get Vaccinated 

There is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccines, and they are easy to get either by appointment or at a walk-in clinic.

I am grateful for the coordination by our team at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Health Sciences and Professions, and our local health system / public health partners to provide vaccine opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff, and the community-at-large across our campuses.  

  • Clinics are available on the Athens campus and many of the regional campuses.
  • Schedule a vaccine anywhere in Ohio online or by phone (1-833-427-5634).   

Additional details about vaccine availability can be found on our Be Safe Bobcats website.

Providing Proof of Vaccination

Students, faculty, and staff will register proof of vaccination through the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program.

  • If you have already selected the Vaccination Pathway and uploaded your vaccine card, thank you. No further action is necessary (unless a booster becomes necessary).
  • If you are not yet fully vaccinated, you are required to test on the Weekly Testing Pathway until you are fully vaccinated. 

If you have already selected the Weekly Testing Pathway, after you have completed your vaccination, you can change your selection to the Vaccination Pathway by using the link provided in your original pathway confirmation email, or by contacting for a link to make the change.

COVID Operations will be announcing new incentive programs for members of the University community who complete vaccination prior to the deadline.

Girl Scouts Of Ohio’s Heartland Registration

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Ross County girls in all grades are being encouraged to sign-up to be a member of the Girl Scouts.

Registration for the new school year is getting underway August 31st, but will continue in the following weeks. If you are able to attend the August 31st in-person registration, it will occur between 5:45pm-6:45pm at the Chillicothe/Ross Main Library Annex Room B-1 at 140 South Paint Street in Chillicothe, behind the library.

For those unable to attend, you can register by contacting Janet Littler at either (740) 773-2146/Extension 8756 or email

Their website for membership registration is

Annual membership fees are $30 for girls and $25 for adults.

Vinton County Air Show Celebrates 50th Year

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(McArthur) — A half century of hosting local air shows will be observed with this year’s Vinton County Air Show at the Vinton County Airport.

The 50th annual event on September 26th is sponsored by the Vinton County Pilots & Boosters Association.

The air show features some of the best acrobatic planes and pilots from across Ohio.

This year’s show also includes radio-controlled planes and a demonstration of model rockets. The Screaming Chicken Sky Diving Team will open and close the air show, and Santa Claus is also expected to drop in for a kids Candy Drop.

The free air show begins at 1pm, but the Association asks for $10 donation for parking, with the money used to help fund the airport.

The Hills Ross County Open Art Show Debuts September 2nd

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The Hills Open Art Show Reception at the Pump House Center for the Arts is September 2nd at 6:30pm-8:30pm.

The event is the kick-off for The Hills Ross County Open Competition. The contest is open to artists 18 years or older, within a 75 mile radius of Chillicothe.

(Logo Courtesy of The Pump House Center For The Arts)

Awards will Best of Show $200
1st Place $100
2nd Place $75
3rd Place $50 along with Honorable Mention

The exhibit will be open for viewing September 2nd to October 2nd.

V.A. Offers Virtual Healthy Teaching Kitchen For Women Female Vets

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(Chillicothe) – The Chillicothe VA Medical Center Nutrition and Food Services is hosting a Virtual Healthy Teaching Kitchen program for all Women Veterans.  The special program is a 6-week series that will be held every Wednesday, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., starting September 1, 2021.

Two Registered Dietitian Nutritionists from the VA will be providing instruction on preparing delicious meals and participants will be provided a box of non-perishables, small cooking equipment and a gift card to purchase the perishable foods used in the recipes.  The Healthy Teaching Kitchen will be virtual from the Chillicothe VA to each participant’s home.

During the Healthy Teaching Kitchen session, discussions will be held on topics that are unique to women.  

For more information and to register, Women Veterans can call (740) 773-1141, extension 16351.  Veterans can participate at any time during the series.  General Healthy Teaching Kitchen sessions are also available to all Veterans by calling the number above to register.

Ohio OK’s Funds To Improve Campus Security

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that the state is awarding 27 institutions of higher education a total of $5 million in grants to fund security enhancements on their campuses.

“The commitment to school safety is one that I take seriously,” said Governor DeWine. “By awarding these grants, campuses can go beyond identifying areas that need to be improved by developing and executing plans that promote the wellbeing of staff and students.”

The awarded funds are part of the 2021 Campus Safety Grant Program funded as part of Senate Bill 310 of the 133rd General Assembly. The Ohio School Safety Center reviewed the campus safety grant applications in consultation with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and the Ohio Controlling Board approved the release of the funds today. 

Campus Safety Grants

“I want to thank the Governor and the General Assembly for their leadership and for making campus safety a priority,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. “It is important as we begin a new school year to provide this opportunity to enhance security and make our campuses even safer for students, staff, and families.” 

“The safety and security upgrades will assist campus law enforcement agencies and area first responders better prepare for and respond quicker to emergencies,” said Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath. 

To be eligible for grant funding, schools conducted a security and vulnerability assessment to identify potential areas for improvement. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to improved lighting in parking lots, security cameras at building entrances, and secure doors.

The Campus Safety Grant Program is one of two new school safety programs launched by the Ohio School Safety Center this year. The 2021 K-12 School Safety Grant Program, administered in partnership with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), will award an additional $5 million to qualifying public K-12 schools for similar school safety expenses. Eligible school districts are being contacted by OFCC today via email. Grant applications will be accepted until November 1, 2021, with awardees being announced in early 2022. Additional information on the K-12 School Safety Grant Program is available at

Governor DeWine created the Ohio School Safety Center in 2019. It is housed in the Ohio Homeland Security Division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety and works to assist local schools, colleges and universities, and law enforcement agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to threats and acts of violence, including self-harm, through a holistic, solutions-based approach to improving school safety.

Institutions of higher education receiving a grant are:

College/University Grant AwardCollege/UniversityGrant Award
Bowling Green          State University$102,964Owens Community College$102,800
Belmont College$50,000Rhodes State College$161,200
Central Ohio Technical College $135,000Rio Grande Community College$185,446
Central State University$231,750Shawnee State University$153,998
Cincinnati State Technical andCommunity College $162,500Southern State Community College$149,500
Columbus State Community College $160,000Stark State College$170,100
Hocking College$104,000Terra State Community College$224,783
Kent State University$210,400University of Akron$430,000
Lakeland Community College$117,168University of Cincinnati$430,000
Lorain County Community College$155,350University of Toledo$205,330
Miami University$120,095Washington State Community College$316,719
Northwest State Community College$174,779Youngstown State University$118,528
Ohio University$168,770Zane State College$88,920
Ohio State University$369,900