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.
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.
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.
Chillicothe, Ohio (Friday, October 30, 2020) – The Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC) is working with Carpenter Marty Transportation on completing an update to the Ross County Thoroughfare Plan.
This update will enable Ross County and the OVRDC to better plan for, manage, and prioritize infrastructure improvement projects in the future. In an effort to acquire as much data as possible, we are looking for public input on current roadway, development, and traffic information directly from those who travel in the County on a daily basis. We encourage all frequent travelers of Ross County to complete the questionnaire by 11/29/2020. Directions for completing the questionnaire are provided in the document.
Take the Survey or email Melanie Straka with Carpenter Marty Transporation to request a copy of the questionnaire. Completed questionnaires can be returned via email or mailed to the address below:
The Ohio Department of Transportation recently held a virtual ribbon cutting for the Ohio 207 Connector between US 23 and Ohio 159.
On the video below, representatives and business leaders talk about what the connector means to the economic future for the region and the safety for travelers on Ohio 159 through the area’s first two roundabouts.
Last May, Litter Media reported there are nearly 200 roundabouts in the Ohio.
Travelers of Ohio 159 north of Chillicothe have maneuvered through the construction of two of the newest, the connection of the 159/207 and about a quarter mile north at 150 and 180 at Kinnikinnick. Work should be completed by the end of September/early October 2020.
Studies show roundabouts achieve a 44% reduction in all crashes and a 72-87% reduction in fatal injury crashes when converting a two way stop intersection into a roundabout. READ MORE FROM ODOT
Circleville installed a roundabout near the east entrance of high school campus in 2014. Jackson has a roundabout at McCarty Lane and Acy Avenue just west of US 35 and another near Ohio University’s Convocation Center in Athens.
In the release, “We applaud the leadership, diligence and partnership it took from Jack Nicklaus, Dan Sullivan, the entire Memorial Tournament staff and State, County and City leadership to build a solid plan that would allow for limited fan attendance at next week’s event,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “But given the broader challenges communities are facing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we need to stay focused on the No. 1 priority for our Return to Golf — the health and safety of all involved. While this was a difficult decision, it was one made collectively, and we are appreciative of the process undertaken to this point that will allow us to welcome on-site fans when the time is right. In the meantime, we have no doubt that the Memorial Tournament will once again be an incredible championship and deliver the best competitive environment for our players and utmost entertainment to our fans around the world.”
In mid-June, Governor Mike DeWine approved a plan for the tournament to allow 20% capacity for spectators to attend The Memorial being played July 14-19, 2020.
Kings Island is set to thrill visitors following a long wait due to restrictions created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The park will open its season Thursday July 2nd.
The newest attraction is Orion, noted as one of seven giga coasters in the world. Thrill seekers experience eight hills on just over a mile-long track at speeds of 91 miles per hour. Oh, did we mention the 300-foot drop from the first hill? READ MORE ABOUT ORION
According to the Kings Island official blog, the park neat Mason, Ohio will limit capacity to only season pass holders for the first visits to the park July 2 through July 11. All other visitors will be permitted July 12. Reservations are only available through the park’s online portal, either via the park website or its mobile app.
Face coverings will be required for all guests and associates as well as answering a health assessment questionnaire and temperature check before entering the park.
In April, The Scioto Society, producer of Tecumseh!, announced due to the coronavirus pandemic, the cancelling the 2020 production of the popular outdoor drama as well as the spring production of “The Sound of Music”. READ MORE HERE
June 10th, President/CEO Brandon Smith told viewers on the production’s Facebook Page the plan for raising funds to keep the local non-profit operating through a campaign called “Bundle of Twigs”. Using the premise of the Shawnee Chief’s analogy of “a single twig is easily broken, but a bundle of twigs is strong.” Hence the name of the fundraising campaign.
The Bundle of Twigs Campaign is a way for the community served by the outdoor drama and its many other productions, can help keep the story of Tecumseh alive. Smith says The Scioto Society has teamed with the Chillicothe-Ross Community Foundation with the hope of raising $100,000 by Christmas of 2020. Because The Scioto Society is a 501c3 organization, donations are tax deductible.
In the interview below, Smith visited with Litter Media while breaking the news of the cancellation of what would have been Tecumseh’s 48th season.
Despite recently relaxed restrictions on county fairs by the State of Ohio, the Ross County Fair will remain a livestock Junior Fair.
Two weeks ago, the Ross County Fair Board voted to host only a Junior Fair in August. No rides, no grandstand entertainment, etc. That same night, it was determined to give Junior Fair representatives and barn superintendents time to devise a proposal describing to what extent that Fair would be.
Tuesday night, after hearing public commentary for more than an hour, the result remains the same. No Senior Fair.
Nearly 80 people attended the special meeting in the multipurpose building, half the capacity permitted by the Ross County Health District. 4-H club advisors and other interested parties cited recent success with exhibits at the Pickaway County Agriculture and Events Center in a plea for giving a full Ross County Fair another consideration.
Fair Board President, Bryan Bethel, while not discouraging to those speaking at the meeting, made it clear the planning is difficult. Bethel invited Pickaway County Fair Board President Von Cremeans to attend and speak at the meeting.
Cremeans told the audience after the State released guidelines for county fairs in late May, his group planned a Junior Fair with a second option should the pandemic showed signs of improvement. When Governor DeWine’s office relaxed restrictions June 9th, they voted to move forward with a full fair.
“Specific things have been addressed” said Cremeans. “If your grandstand holds 6,000, you can only have 2,500.
Cremeans added the Pickaway group will have volunteer civic groups that will help enforce social distancing and other guidelines mandated by the State. “We had a hog show and we had people from all over the state. The only people we had problems with were locals, but we had a meeting with them and after some grumbling they complied.” Cremeans noted the PAEC property is much smaller than the Ross County Fairgrounds by more than 150 acres and 1,300 camp sites which needed to be taken into consideration.
A motion by member Shaun Boggs to revisit the Ross County Fair Board’s previous decision to measure interest in holding a modified Senior Fair which would allow for camping, vendors having the midway and all following the new state guidelines. The motion failed.
4-H Extension Educator Katie Feldhues presented the Board with the requested proposal for hosting a Junior Fair. The presentation came with a caveat thanks to additional changes to the State guidelines released just hours before the meeting.
In May, the State limited the length of time livestock could be kept at the fair. With such a change, Gary Prater motioned the proposal be modified to permit a Junior Fair Livestock show with camping for livestock exhibitors and essential personnel designated by the Junior Fair Board. The motion passed, which now means the proposal will be modified including when the livestock shows will take place.
That information will be released by the Junior Fair Board over the next few days.
Another change by the state will permit harness racing with spectators. Ross County will only race on Sunday during the Fair.