The City of Chillicothe looks to expand the existing charging station in the municipal parking lot on East Water Street.
City Council President Bruce Arnold assigned a request for legislation to appropriate $144,000 to install two electric vehicle charging stations with $125,000 pre-approved reimbursement from American Electric Power once the installation is approved.
Arnold tells Litter Media the two new stations “are bigger and charge much faster. 30 minutes versus eight hours.”
As the July 4th holiday weekend approaches, many people wanting to watch community fireworks exhibits will have several to choose from in the Scioto Valley region.
With Columbus’ “Red, White and Boom” postponed from their typical July 3rd show, it makes smaller communities more of the places to be to celebrate America’s Independence holiday weekend.
The City of Columbus says there is a possibility they could conduct their show later in 2021, although nothing official has been determined.
For Chillicothe’s July 4th fireworks, the city had already approved $15,000 for the show, as they have in recent years. Mayor Luke Feeney says this year’s donations have been very good.
As a side note, the Jeep Fest will also be taking place during the day July 4th at the Ross County Fairgrounds. But, Mayor Feeney added that Jeep Fest won’t be ramped up in the city as big as 2019 due to the lack of planning time, since we are just coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
The 2021 City of Chillicothe fireworks will be on the 4th of July at approximately 9:45pm.
The best place to observe the fireworks is from the floodwall in the park.
Those viewing from the floodwall should not place tents or other items that will completely block the blacktop portion of the wall. Blocking the path creates a safety hazard for those trying to walk and hampers emergency personnel from getting through.
After fireworks are over, traffic will be under the direction of police officers and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. See attached map for details on traffic patterns. There will be NO left turns for N/B traffic on High St. and Yoctangee Parkway. Police Officers on bikes, UTVs and cruisers will be providing security and traffic control. Please see attached map.
As always, no alcohol is to be consumed in Yoctangee Park. Illegal/prohibited Fireworks are also strictly prohibited as we want everyone to have a safe 4th. We also discourage the public from setting off explosive fireworks in neighborhoods as it disturbs animals and residents alike.
The Chillicothe Fire Department has also asked fireworks viewers to stay out of restricted areas, this includes the waterway behind the city park annex, which will be patrolled. See attached map provided by the FD. The annex will be closed in the early morning of the 4th to allow setup.
We remind everyone not to drink and drive and have a designated driver. If ride share is available, it should be utilized, along with local Taxi services.
Here is a list of area Independence fireworks shows still planned for 2021:
(July 2) The Chillicothe Country Club will be having their annual Fireworks. Only members are allowed on the property, but they encourage everyone to find a spot off of the property where you can enjoy the show.
(July 3) Washington Court House Hillsboro Wellston Portsmouth Chillicothe Paints (after the game)
(July 4th) Chillicothe Ashville
(July 5th) Lancaster
Most of the shows begin at 10pm at the latest, with some starting at dusk.
(The following is an email from the Ross County Historical Society to its members.)
The current coronavirus has affected everyone and forced RCHS to suspend our normal operations of museum tours and research for the past several months. It also caused us to cancel many programs and events this year, such as the Spring & Fall Speakers Series, Archaeology Day, the Farmer’s Market, Junior Member Programs, Schmitt’s German Night, Christmas Open House. Unfortunately, we do not know what other activities will be effected in 2021.
During this time of uncertainty, your support is more important than ever. Our membership count was on the rise, and we were working on more new and exciting ideas to promote local history when all the plans came to a stand still. However, RCHS has stood strong for 125 years, and we will continue our mission of providing entertaining and educational opportunities for our members and friends as soon as we feel it is safe to do so.
As we re-open our facilities within the state guidelines of public health safety standards, we ask for your understanding and cooperation. Please do not hesitate to call us before visiting our facilities if you have any questions or concerns. Our schedule for opening to the public is as follows:
The Ross County Heritage Center, including the Museum and Knoles Log House, will be open by appointment on Fridays & Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. during the COVID 19 Pandemic as long as the Ohio COVID Public Health Emergency Level is at 2 (Orange) or below. The Museum will be closed to the public whenever the level is at 3 (Red) or above. To schedule a museum tour, please call 740-772-1936, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays. The size of tour groups will be limited to four members of a family, the same household, or those traveling in the same vehicle.
The McKell Library will be open by appointment, 1-5 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, based on the same emergency levels at the Museum – open at Level 2 (Orange) or below and closed whenever the level is at 3 (Red) or above. Please call 740-773-1896 during operating hours for an appointment.
Walk-ups will only be admitted to both the Museum and Library if the time slot is not already reserved. Hand sanitizing, social distancing and face masks are required for all facilities. Disposable masks will be provided at no charge to those without their own.
It’s one of Chillicothe’s proudest moments, annually celebrating the birth of Ohio’s Statehood, March 1, 1803.
The celebration takes place Saturday March 7, 2020 beginning at Trinity United Methodist Church on East Main Street with the Statehood Day Prayer Breakfast, presented by the Chillicothe Kiwanis Club and Ross County Ministerial Association. This year’s honoree is Stan Mitchell, recognized for his achievement in service to the community. Speakers will include Ohio Auditor of State, Keith Faber and Chaplain Paul Ray. Tickets for the event are $10 and available at the Ross-Chillicothe Convention and Visitors Bureau, from Kiwanis members, Stacy Brooks or Diane Carnes.
Chillicothe’s museums and historic sites will be open free of charge, including Adena Mansion & Gardens (10am-4pm), Lucy Hayes Heritage Center (10am-4pm), Ross County Heritage Center (12pm-4pm), David Nickens Heritage Center (1p-4p) and the Ross County Genealogical Society at their new location, 303 South Paint Street, (9am-4pm).
See below for more information.
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