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New State Park To Preserve Oldtown Area Known As Tecumseh Birthplace

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz announced today that Ohio will develop a new state park around an important, yet often overlooked historical site in Greene County.

Oldtown, located at what is now the site of the Tecumseh Motel at 1575 U.S. 68 in Xenia, is the site of one of the largest-known Shawnee settlements in Ohio and is often cited by historians as the birthplace of Tecumseh.

Yesterday, the State Controlling Board approved ODNR’s proposal to purchase the motel for $260,000 to transform the half-acre property into Ohio’s 76th state park.

“Preserving this site gives us a unique opportunity to connect today’s generation of Ohioans with the past,” said Governor DeWine. “By protecting this property, we are preserving Tecumseh’s legacy and Ohio’s long, rich history.”

Tecumseh established himself as a Shawnee military and political leader who fought to preserve native land against American westward expansion and the U.S. military.

“By turning this historic land into a new state park, it’s our goal to restore and preserve Oldtown for the public to enjoy,” said ODNR Director Mertz. 

ODNR plans to engage with the three sovereign and federally recognized Shawnee Tribes – the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, the Shawnee Tribe, and the Absentee Shawnee – to preserve and highlight this important historical site. The state park will include an interpretive center, and several markers memorializing historical events at Oldtown, including the marker pictured above, will be preserved.

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.

Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission Seeks Public Feedback for Ross Thoroughfare Update

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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:

Attn: Melanie Straka

Carpenter Marty Transporation

6612 Singletree Drive

Columbus, OH 43229

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Autumn Colors are About to Pop!

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The fall colors have been popping out across Ohio and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the peak time for the picturesque views is here!

Learn more about how to enjoy the colors across the Buckeye State HERE.

CLICK HERE to see the Litter Media Fall Colors Photo Album from 2019

A look over western Pike County just north of Morgantown, Ohio, October 16, 2020. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media

The Connector is Complete and Open for Business

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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.

Ross County’s Roundabouts Are Progressing

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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.

From the Litter Media Cameras: The Roundabouts at the Ohio 207 Connector with Ohio 159 and at the Ohio 159-180 intersection are taking shape. READ MORE HERE:

Posted by Litter Media on Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Litter Media’s report with ODOT’s Matt McGuire in May 2020.

No Fans For The Memorial; Tournament Makes Announcement Monday

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The Memorial will be played, without spectators. Tournament officials made the announcement Monday morning.


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 Opens Thursday; Debuts New Orion Coaster

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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.

Scioto Society’s “Bundle of Twigs” Campaign Continues

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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.